The Island Now

Liz Post was hired as the executive director of the Nassau County Bar Association in the fall of 2018.

She planned to use her skills and experience acquired during her 25+ years in bar association management to transform the 4,000-member nonprofit organization into the premier metropolitan bar association in the country by complimenting its rich history with the latest technology.

“Domus has been the NCBA’s home for 90 years, where generations of Nassau County lawyers and judges have come to break bread, socialize, and learn,” says Post of the bar’s Mineola headquarters. “My vision was to develop online MCLE and webinars to compliment the quality live events and services the Bar Association offered.”

Her vision proved prophetic; just 16 months into her tenure, the COVID-19 pandemic arrived.

“Within two weeks of closing our doors to work remotely in mid-March 2020, the NCBA presented live Zoon seminars.

CLE On Demand―an online library of recorded seminars―launched soon after,” says Post. “By April, we established the COVIDHELP email for residents and small businesses to get their legal questions related to the pandemic answered by local attorneys. Member participation skyrocketed while community engagement continued uninterrupted.”

Bar staff returned to Domus full-time in June. The NCBA is one of the only bar associations in the state to offer in-person programs, including legal clinics, networking and social events, and Board meetings.

Seminars and committee meetings are offered hybrid, and the in-house caterer has resumed daily lunch service and private events.

“Bar Leaders were eager to come back to Domus,” says Post. “My challenge now is to provide value to members who continue to participate virtually while incentivizing their return to Domus.”

While Post looks ahead, she has spent three decades dedicating herself to public service. Raised in upstate New York, Post earned her B.A. in Political Science from Syracuse University, and upon graduation, became a legislative aide for her hometown congressman, Ben Gilman.

Post soon began to climb the executive ladder. “During my first year on the Hill, there was an opening for Congressman Gilman’s Legislative Director and, for the first time, I envisioned myself as a manager. After my promotion, I supervised the staff and directed Congressman Gilman’s legislative agenda for two more years.”

Post returned to New York to pursue a Master of Public Administration at NYU Wagner School of Public Service, specializing in Management for Public and Nonprofit Organizations. “I learned the nuts and bolts of running an organization: budgeting, finance, organizational development, and human resource.”

Post simultaneously served as legislative specialist for the international law firm, Milbank Tweed, and was a member of Milbank’s Nonprofit Organizations Team. “I worked with some of the world’s largest nonprofit and philanthropic organizations. It reinforced my desire to transition to the nonprofit sector.”

Degree in hand, Post moved to Los Angeles with her fiancé. There she began her nonprofit career as a programs assistant for the Los Angeles County Bar Association, the largest metropolitan bar association in the country.

After two years learning the ins and outs of bar associations―and just weeks after the 1994 Northridge Earthquake struck the San Fernando Valley―Post was hired as Executive Director of the struggling San Fernando Valley Bar Association. “Just like the COVID-19 pandemic has altered my focus at the NCBA, the earthquake immediately changed the SFVBA’s priorities.”

During Post’s 24-year tenure at the SFVBA, she grew the SFVBA from 800 to more than 2,100 members; created an award-winning website and magazine, Valley Lawyer; and established new programs to serve the profession and community, including the ABA-recognized Court Walk-Thru for New Attorneys, Valley Associated Settlement Team Program, Mandatory Fee Arbitration Program, Valley Bar Mediation Center, Inclusion & Diversity Committee, and the Bar’s own professional networking group, the Valley Bar Network.

Post lives in Merrick with her husband Gary and teenage daughter Hannah.

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