Liz Gomez received her undergraduate degree in social work from Syracuse University in New York, and her Master’s Degree in Social Work from California State University, Long Beach. Before coming to Sober College, Gomez served as a consultant for youth programs across the country. Her experience in training and technical assistance, coupled with her expertise on trauma, informed approaches to working with runaway and homeless youth, the operation of a transitional living and independent living programs, and on administrative operations for programs providing services for youth—expertise she gained by serving as Executive Director of Los Angeles Youth Network (LAYN) for 17 years. She joined the LAYN staff in 1989, bringing with her nearly 10 years of experience working with juvenile offenders, homeless youth, and other high-risk youth populations. She has served on the boards of the California Coalition for Youth, the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce, and the advisory board of The California Wellness Foundation’s Violence Prevention Initiative.
In addition to working at Sober College, Gomez currently serves as a board member for The California Wellness Foundation and has been actively involved in the leadership of numerous youth-serving, philanthropic, civic, and community organizations. Gomez shares, “What drew me to Sober College was their niche in serving young adults seeking recovery. Through my work over the years with this population of young people, it is clear they have unique needs and not everyone is equipped to provide quality services for them as Sober College is.”