Elizabeth Bishop has lived in Kansas for 52 years and in Wichita for over 30 years. Elizabeth has a degree in Sociology from Wichita State University and completed many hours toward a master’s degree in public administration.
Prior to retirement, she worked primarily in government service. She served as a District Aide to Congressman Dan Glickman, as assistant director of the Sedgwick County Department on Aging, and on the staff of a former Wichita city manager.
In 1996 she left government service to work for three years as the executive director of Wichita Independent Neighborhoods, Inc., a non-profit organization. While at WIN, in teamwork with Wichita’s then brand-new community police officers, Elizabeth helped to create 40 new neighborhood associations.
For nearly six years, until January, 2008, Elizabeth served on the Metropolitan Area Planning Commission (MAPC). In that capacity, she worked to encourage community engagement with urban planning issues, to preserve open space and adequate drainage, to protect sensitive environments including ground and surface water, and preserve options for public parks and pathways.
In her spare time Elizabeth is an avid gardener. In 2009 she trained to become an Extension Master Gardener and has taken further training to become a Tree Master Gardener. She has served for several years on the EMG Hotline responding to area gardeners who have questions or problems with plants and trees.
Elizabeth and her husband, Darrel, a retired engineer, enjoy hiking and camping.
Other volunteer activities:
- Board of ICTrees (non-profit dedicated to “Restore, Promote and Protect Wichita’s Trees”)
- Sedgwick County Solid Waste Management Advisory Committee
- Community Corrections Advisory Board
- Alternative Correctional Housing Task Force (city-county effort to address an increased number of “halfway houses” for criminal offenders that had begun to overwhelm some neighborhoods.)
- City Manager’s Air Quality Improvement Task Force
- “Visioneering” Regional Recreation Leadership Team
- Train Traffic Mitigation Task Force (created and staffed by the USDOT to help Wichita deal with greatly increased train traffic through the middle of town.)