Liza Waters

My day job is working as director of operations for I previously worked in international and community development.

My most memorable caffeine involved not drinking coffee! I was attending the Let’s Talk Coffee conference in El Salvador and during the breaks they brought in world barista champs to do their magic. It was quite amazing watching them do their tricks with cups of coffee! But, because I don’t drink coffee, I tasted none.

My current caffeine of choice is Vanilla Black tea.

My favorite place for caffeine is the EVP near the Sequoya library on Madison’s near-west side.

The person I’d love to share a cup of caffeine with is Jon Stewart. Wouldn’t it be fun to talk with someone that smart and that funny?

World problem that could be solved with the right amount of caffeine: Lately, I’ve been spending a lot of time thinking about the issue of homelessness. There are so many things that lead people to that point and it’s very hard to find a way back once they’re at the end of that path. How can we catch them before they are? One local organization that’s trying to make a difference in this area is The Playing Field, which has partnered with local agencies and recently opened a child care and early education program in Madison. Their goal is to create a place where kids who are experiencing homelessness can feel safe and develop the social and emotional skills they need to get through their lives. These kids are dealing with critical levels of uncertainty and worrying about things that kids shouldn’t have to worry about. It’s not just about creating a safe, structured and supportive environment for these kids—the organization is working to create an environment that brings together kids from all types of backgrounds. I’m hopeful The Playing Field’s model can make a difference.