For over a decade Elizabeth Emken has served as an advocate for developmentally disabled children, most recently as Vice President for Government Relations at Autism Speaks, the Nation’s largest science and advocacy organization devoted to the public health emergency of autism. Before becoming active with the autism issue, Elizabeth served in management, financial analysis, and corporate operations at IBM. As an efficiency and cost cutting expert, Elizabeth utilized activity-based cost analyses to identify administrative savings across IBM U.S. – helping streamline operations, eliminate waste, and save the company millions of dollars.
“I will relentlessly pursue federal policies that foster free market capitalism and promote business growth and investment in America “Elizabeth Emken is the likely Republican nominee for US Senate to challenge longtime Democrat incumbent Dianne Feinstein.
Elizabeth graduated from UCLA in 1984 with 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 began helping families of children with autism, like her son Alex, more than a decade ago when she learned how little was being done to help individuals and families with disabilities.Now the local Patch.comfor Belmont Shores, reveals Emken is a big Sarah Palin fan – “California Senate Challenger Has Local Roots – The woman the California Republican Party has endorsed against veteran Sen. Dianne Feinstein grew up in Seal Beach and attended Los Alamitos schools”:
She is a fan of former Alaska governor Sarah Palin and said the media overreacted to Palin’s 2008 vice presidential nomination, adding the media couldn’t handle a woman who is a fiscal conservative and has charisma.