Liza Wilson Durant serves as the Associate Provost for strategic initiatives and community engagement at George Mason University and Professor and Associate Dean for strategic initiatives and community engagement in the Volgenau School of Engineering. She works to build meaningful partnerships across the university with external corporate, government, academic, non-profit, and global entities to support the mission of the strategic objectives of the University. She also serves as the Director of the Northern Virginia Node of the Commonwealth Cyber Initiative (CCI). Prior to her appointment as associate provost, she served as chair of the Sid and Reva Dewberry Department of Civil, Environmental, and Infrastructure Engineering where she has been a faculty member since 2010. She received her BS and MS degrees from Cornell University and Stanford University respectively and her Ph.D. in environmental engineering from the Johns Hopkins University.