Elizabeth Padian

Voter Outreach Specialist




As a Voter Outreach Specialist, Elizabeth helps advocate for conservation champions during elections by texting and engaging in conversations with voters and members of the public in order to defend Idaho’s public lands, and promote clean energy and water throughout our wonderful state.

My story

While I was born and raised in Phoenix, I have lived nearly my entire adult life in Idaho. As a child, I spent many days outdoors camping, playing, and exploring. I also really loved (and still do!) watching thunderstorms during the summer monsoon. The local rivers, lakes, and retention ponds always gave a fun respite to the hot summers. It was during this time that I became obsessed with the earth sciences. As a teenager, I learned that studying weather, climate and water was something that was actually available to me. I packed my bags and moved to Prescott, Arizona where I obtained my Bachelor of Science degree in Meteorology. The next several years, I worked as an operational forecaster for the National Weather Service at 3 different locations. By 2019, I was ready for something new and decided to go back to school and obtain a Masters Degree in Hydrologic Sciences. I had the privileged opportunity both personally and professionally to take some time to really reflect on what my next move would be. I have always been quite plugged into and interested in local and national politics and I realized that with my heavy science background, and my advocacy personality, I may enjoy the intersection of those three things. Conservation Voters for Idaho definitely fits the bill. I am learning so many new things and I look forward to doing the work to protect Idaho’s gorgeous environment for future generations to come!


  • BS – Applied Meteorology, Embry Riddle Aeronautical University

  • MS – Hydrologic Sciences, Boise State University


Fostering dogs, Kayaking, Camping, Traveling, Hosting chosen-family dinners