About Liz Kniss

Liz KnissLiz Kniss
250 Hamilton Avenue
Palo Alto, CA  94301
(650) 888-8671
liz.kniss@cityofpaloalto.org

Personal

  • Born in Massachusetts
  • Palo Alto since 1968
  • Married to Rick Kniss

Occupation

  • Manager, Marketing and Communications, Sun Microsystems Laboratories
  • Director, Stanford Friends of Nursing, Stanford University Hospital
  • Public Health Nurse, San Mateo County
  • Public Health Nurse, Cupertino Union School District
  • Registered Nurse

Education

  • BSN Simmons College, Boston, MA
  • MPA, Public Administration and Health Care Policy, Cal State University
  • Graduate work in Health Policy and Economics, UC Berkeley

Memberships, Affiliations, Community Service (partial list)

  • AAUW, Palo Alto Chapter
  • American Leadership Forum; Senior Fellow
  • Association for Senior Day Health
  • California Elected Women's Assoc. for Ed. & Research (CEWAR)
  • Children's Health Awareness Council (CHAC) Advisory Council
  • Democratic Activists for Women Now (DAWN)
  • Democratic Forum of Santa Clara County
  • Joint Venture Silicon Valley; current member and past Co-Chair
  • League of Women Voters, Palo Alto Chapter
  • Palo Alto Rotary
  • Palo Alto Women's Club
  • Voices of Reform Advisory Board, Commonwealth Club of California 2004-2005

 Public Service - Elected 

  • 2001 - 2012: Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors, President 2005 and 2009
  • 1989 - 2000: Palo Alto City Council, Council Member, Mayor 1994 and 2000
  • 1985 - 1989: Palo Alto School Board, Member, President 1988

Policy Committees and County Representation

  • Health and Hospital Committee; Vice-Chair 2001, Chair 2002 - 2012
  • Legislative Committee; Vice-Chair 2001-2005, Chair 2006 - 2012
  • Housing, Land Use, Environment, Transportation Committee; Vice-Chair 2009 - 2012
  • Finance and Government Operations Committee; Vice-Chair 2006 - 2008
  • Public Safety and Justice Committee; Chair 2001 Vice-Chair 2002 - 2005
  • County Library District Joint Powers Authority; 2001 - 2012
  • Santa Clara County Health Authority Board of Directors; 2001 - 2011
  • Santa Clara County Emergency Preparedness Council 2004 - 2011
  • First Five Santa Clara County Board of Directors 2009
  • SCC Cities Association Joint Economic Development Policy Committee; 2005- 2008
  • County Fire Department Liaison; 2001 - 2012
  • County Planning Commission Liaison; 2001 - 2009
  • Disaster Council 2006 - 2011
  • Energy Task Force 2001
  • Juvenile Detention Reform Planning Committee 2004
  • Juvenile Detention Reform Oversight Committee 2005 - 2006

Regional Representation

  • Bay Area Air Quality Management District; 2001 - 2012
  • Bay Conservation and Development Commission; 2001 - 2011
  • Local Agency Formation Commission; 2001 - 2011
  • Mid-Peninsula Regional Open Space District Financing Authority 2001 - 2012
  • Regional Hazardous Waste Management Facility Allocation; 2001- 2006
  • Valley Transportation Authority; 2005 - 2012, Chair 2008

State and National Representation

  • California State Association of Counties Board of Directors; 2006 - 2012
  • California State Association of Counties; Health and Human Services Committee; Member 2003 - 2012, Vice-Chair 2006, Chair 2008 - 2012
  • California Urban Counties Caucus; Member 2006 - 2012, Chair 2011
  • National Association of Counties; 2006 - 2012, Board of Directors 2010 - 2012
  • National Association of Counties; Health Steering Committee; Member 2004 - 2012, Chair 2010 - 2012
  • National Association of Counties; Large Urban County Steering Committee 2006 - 2012
  • National Association of Counties; Sustainability Leadership Team 2003 - 2006

Palo Alto City Council 1989 - 2000, 2013

  • Member, City Council Rail Committee; 2013
  • Member, City/School Liaison Committee; 1992, 1994-97, 2013
  • Member, Council/CAO Committee; 1993-94, 2013
  • Chair, Policy & Services Committee, 2013
  • Liaison, Board of Realtors, 2013
  • Liaison, Midpeninsula Community Media Center, 2013
  • Liaison, Neighbors Abroad; 1993, 1997, 2013
  • Liaison, Palo Alto Downtown Business & Professional Association, 2013
  • Liaison, Palo Alto Housing Corporation, 1993, 1997, 2013
  • Liaison, Valley Transportation Authority, El Camino Real Rapid Transit Policy Advisory Board, 2013
  • Library Advisory Commission; 1999
  • Palo Alto Community Child Care; 1990, 1993, 1995, 1998-1999
  • Millennium Night/Year 2000 Committee; 1999
  • National League of Cities - Women in Municipal Government Board; 1998
  • National League of Cities - Steering Committee; 1995, 1998-99
  • Santa Clara County Foundation (now Palo Alto Fund); 1990-99
  • Telecommunications Advisory Board; 1998-99
  • Senior Coordinator Council; 1991, 1998
  • Finance Committee; 1997
  • County Board of Supervisors Liaison; 1997
  • California Avenue Area Development Association; 1997
  • Palo Alto Chamber of Commerce; 1997
  • Santa Clara Valley Water District Commission; 1997
  • Stanford University Liaison; 1994-97
  • Downtown Merchants' Association; 1995-97  
  • Historic Resources Board; 1995-96
  • League of California Cities - Committee on Housing, Community and Association of Bay Area Governments; 1994-95
  • League of California Cities - Peninsula Division; 1994-95
  • Economic Development; 1991-95
  • East Palo Alto Liaison Committee; 1993-95
  • Santa Clara County Cities Association; 1994
  • Family Resource Center Task Force; 1994
  • Santa Clara County Transportation Commission; 1991-94
  • Palo Alto Centennial Committee; 1990-1994
  • Disability Awareness Task Force; 1993
  • Public Art Commission; 1992
  • Santa Clara County Intergovernmental Council; 1992
  • Senior Coordinating Council; 1992
  • Santa Clara County Emergency Preparedness Council; 1990-91
  • Santa Clara County Paratransit Coordinating Council; 1991 
Last Updated: Apr 10, 2013