Elizabeth Pew was born in Seattle, WA and now lives in the West End neighborhood of Tacoma. She attended Holy Names Academy for two years, before earning her GED and completing an AA transfer degree at North Seattle Community College. During that time, she raised her son as a single mother and participated in the work study program as a theatre technician at her college. She also held positions in customer service. Elizabeth later transferred to the University of Washington and earned a bachelor’s degree in communication in 2003, with a concentration in political communication. After graduating, she continued to work in retail management until securing her first position in human resources with Tully’s Coffee. While working at Tully’s, she continued her education at Antioch University, receiving a master’s degree in whole systems design in 2009. Later that year, she was hired by Keurig and helped open and staff the company’s new manufacturing facility in Sumner. Elizabeth’s career experience continued working as a human resources leader with Keurig manufacturing and more recently as a career transition specialist for servicemembers and veterans at JBLM.
Elizabeth founded the Improv Tacoma meet-up community, which provides free improv workshops in local libraries and parks, leading to a performance showcase at the VFW 969 in early 2020. She currently serves on the Tacoma Arts Commission. She has been recognized by the Puyallup-Sumner Chamber of Commerce for work with the Pomegranate Center and promoting employee volunteerism at Keurig in Sumner. Elizabeth has previously been involved with other community organizations, including: Community Consulting Partnership, Amplio (formerly Literacy Bridge), L’Arche Tahoma, Women’s Commission, Northwest Harvest, VFW 969 Auxiliary, Rainbow Center, United Way, Daffodil Festival, and Special Olympics. She is a proud graduate of the Sumner Police Department’s Citizens’ Academy.