Businesswoman l Non-Profit Executive l Children’s Advocate l Special Needs Mom
Elizabeth Emken was California’s 2012 Republican nominee for U.S. Senate. Elizabeth defeated 22 other candidates in California’s open primary, and earned over 4.7 million votes in the general election.
Elizabeth graduated from UCLA with dual degrees in Economics and Political Science. Her studies included course work at Cambridge University, where she focused on political and economic issues in China and the Middle East.
Elizabeth served in management, financial analysis, and corporate operations at IBM. As an efficiency and cost-cutting expert, she helped streamline operations, eliminate waste, and save the company millions of dollars.
Elizabeth is a former executive with Autism Speaks, one of the nation’s largest non-profit organizations. During her tenure, Elizabeth founded the Government Relations department and coordinated advocacy for federal legislation addressing autism, including the lead title of the Children`s Health Act of 2000 and the Combating Autism Act of 2006, which authorized nearly $1 billion over 5 years to combat autism through research, screening, and early intervention.
A vital element of this accomplishment, Elizabeth led the charge to ensure transparency and accountability at Health & Human Services (HHS) National Institutes of Health (NIH), producing a portfolio analysis of autism spending subject to public scrutiny - a policy Elizabeth believes should apply throughout the federal government.
Elizabeth also worked extensively on behalf of military families at the Department of Defense for autism-related medical services in TRICARE.
Elizabeth was a candidate for U.S. Congress in 2010 and 2014. She currently serves on the Mental Health Board of Sacramento County while managing her legislative consulting practice.
Elizabeth and her husband, Craig, reside in Sacramento with their two daughters and son, Alex, who has autism spectrum disorder.