Becoming active in her neighborhood has helped make Omaha feel like her permanent home. Her experiences co-managing Gifford Park Neighborhood Market for the last three years have steeped her in a sense of place and introduced her to the power of public gathering spaces. Located in one of the most diverse neighborhoods in Omaha, the market strives to be a welcoming place for everyone, regardless of age, ethnicity, or language spoken. Eliza facilitated the translation of vendor and marketing materials into 5 languages, developed existing partnerships with Yates Community Center and Refugee Empowerment Center to raise awareness of the market among New Americans, and added signage to the market and around the neighborhood featuring the word “welcome” in languages commonly spoken by Gifford Park residents.
As president-elect of the neighborhood association board, she hopes to continue the work done by so many inspiring folks before and around her that has made Gifford Park an amazing place to live, work and play.
Eliza and her fiancé Matthew live surrounded by mentors and friends in Gifford Park behind the Community Garden and Adventure Playground (ie heaven).