Eliza was born in El Paso, Texas to a grade-school teacher and a diesel mechanic. Early on, she took to anything on wheels. This was probably due to growing up around so many tractors, semi-trucks, and her uncle’s 4WD trucks and three-wheelers.
She went from being the gofer, to wrenching on her uncle’s trucks, and by the time she was a junior in high school, she made the decision to enroll in the automotive technical school at Riverside high school.
After graduation, she enrolled at the University of Texas at El Paso as a Political Science and Communication major and landed her first full-time job as an apprentice at a local transmission shop.
Coming from a long line of tradesmen, Eliza’s family wanted her to work outside of the automotive world, but Eliza continued her passion for working as a tech through college.
After college, she moved to Washington, DC, and decided that work in public policy was not for her and moved back to Texas and back and to her real passion; the automotive field.
Throughout her career, she has held positions including a heavy line technician, bodyman helper, service writer, body shop estimator and auto insurance damage adjuster, and most recently a Co-host for XOR – Xtreme Off-Road: PowerNation TV viewable on Paramount, History, MBSCN channels.