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About Elizabeth


Native of Portsmouth, Virginia

Graduate of Westhampton College of the University of Richmond (B.A. Political Science)

Graduate of Portsmouth Public Schools and Nansemond Suffolk Academy


Professional Experience

1988 to present:  President/Owner – Travel Designers Inc, a full service travel agency now located in the Citizen’s Trust Bank Building at 355 Crawford Street in Portsmouth.


Public Service

Councilmember – City of Portsmouth, Virginia

Elected in 2004 to a four year term & re-elected in 2008 to four year term

Resigned council seat in 2010 to run an unsuccessful bid for Mayor

Re-elected in 2012 and 2016 to her current City Council seat.

Selected by City Council to serve as Vice Mayor in 2014.

Council Liaison to The Port of Virginia, Hampton Roads Maritime Association, Portsmouth Port & Industrial Commission, Portsmouth Economic Development Authority, Mayor’s Military Affairs Commission.

Previous Liaison Positions:

City Council Liaison to Cultural Alliance of Hampton Roads

City Council Liaison to Hampton Roads Transportation Planning Organization (HRTPO)

Virginia Municipal League – Transportation Committee

Commonwealth Commissioner – Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel Commission

(Appointed by Gov. Mark Warner in 2003 to four year term to represent the City of Portsmouth)



1998 – Elizabeth named among the “Top 25 Business Women in Hampton Roads” by Virginia Business Magazine

1999 – Elizabeth awarded “Strong, Smart and Bold Woman” award by Girls Inc, Center for Youth (In the first class of women to win this prestigious award)


Community Service:

Elizabeth has served in leadership positions with numerous business and cultural groups:

Board of Directors – Elizabeth River Project

President, Portsmouth Service League

Chairman, Portsmouth Division, Hampton Roads Chamber of Commerce

President, Olde Towne Business Association

Board of Directors, Portsmouth Partnership

Board of Directors, HER Shelter

Board of Directors, Full Circle AIDS Hospice

Board of Directors, American Red Cross, Portsmouth/West Chesapeake

Commissioner, City of Portsmouth Downtown Design Commission

Authorized and paid for by Elizabeth M. Psimas
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