Lisa Edelman has worked in a variety of roles and industries, from nonprofit, small companies to self-employed. The majority of her career has been in the insurance industry. Her academic background is in politics with degrees from Cabrillo College and the University of California, Santa Cruz. She frequently volunteers in the Scotts Valley community, most recently by creating and maintaining the website for her son's Boy Scout troop using Google Sites. She enjoys walking her dog daily, cooking, baking, organic gardening, attending cooking and gardening classes, and reading.