DTC CANDIDATES FOR BOARD OF FINANCE, 2019
Elizabeth (Liz) Zezima
RTM Member District 6; 2013 to 2015: Secretary Public Works and Planning Committee
RTM Member District 4; 2015 to July 2017: Finance Committee
Appointed to the Board of Finance July 2017
Fairfield Democratic Town Committee; member of Executive Committee as Corresponding Secretary 2014-2017
Board of Directors Strathmoor Association 2009-2017
Board of Directors Fairfield Counseling Services 2012-2016
Board of Directors LifeBridge 2016-2019
Board of Directors City Lights Gallery 2018-2019
40 years business experience in International Commodity trading
Member UConn Alumni Association; BA in Psychology 1978
Founding member of Women and Philanthropy, UConn Foundation
It has been a pleasure and an honor to serve in Fairfield town government since 2013. I will continue working to keep Fairfield a fiscally sound and desirable place to live and raise a family. I remain committed to meeting these goals through careful fiscal planning and investment.
We have a diverse economy and a thriving business community with excellent schools and services. I will fight to protect these assets and help our town to prosper by supporting our schools, libraries, town amenities, economic development and Senior/Disabled Tax Relief. Attracting businesses and expanding our grand list are essential to providing excellent value and maintaining affordability.
I am proud of my record on the Board of Finance ensuring our tax dollars are spent wisely. I am opposed to making misguided short-term decisions which increase long term costs. I am committed to fiscally thoughtful planning. Most importantly I will continue to support the successes and excellent fiscal stewardship provided by our First Selectman over the past 8 years.
I will be a strong voice for all Fairfielders working to restore civility and bipartisanship on the Board of Finance, both of which are essential to good and responsive government.
Partner, Deloitte & Touche LLP
35 years business experience in accounting and finance
State Treasurer, Fairfield Legislative Leader, Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America
Accounting Advisory Board, Quinnipiac University
Accounting Advisory Board, Central Connecticut State University
President - Board of Directors, Cardinal Shehan Center (2009 – 2015)
Executive Committee Member & Treasurer - Board of Directors, Stamford Center for the Arts (2014-2018)
Advisory Board, College Summit Connecticut (2013 – 2015)
Personal: Wife to Jeff, six adult children aged 20-27, two grandsons and triplets in process!
Why am I running? Simple – because I believe that qualified, passionate people should step up to seek elected office. I bring 35 years of business and leadership experience - as a licensed CPA, a finance executive, a partner in a global accounting/consulting firm, and an experienced board member – together with a passion to serve. And in this moment, my background and experience are more relevant than ever.
The Board of Finance plays a critical governance role over financial decisions that affect every aspect of the quality of life in Fairfield. But it can and should serve a more productive role. The current challenges our Town faces bring an imperative to take a fresh look at issues around risk assessment, governance and internal controls - topics that may not catch our attention under normal circumstances but which are vitally important – both to our fiscal health and to maintain the public trust. We need experienced voices in those discussions – problem solvers on our governing bodies who are committed to solutions rather than division.
I’m not a politician, and I believe your Board of Finance should be apolitical. That’s not a naive view - it is what decades of experience with best-in-class organizations has taught me about how strong governance works. Governance is not synonymous with management – nor is it a rubber stamp, or foil to management. At its best, it combines relevant expertise with thoughtful due diligence, respect for data, collaboration, inclusiveness, and most importantly – civility and a mindset of listening and respect for differing ideas. It also requires transparency to stakeholders in communicating the framework around how decisions are made. These elements are critical to a process that engenders trust and confidence from the community we serve. I know that Fairfield can do better – and you have my commitment to abide by these principles.