Lori has been the President and Chief Executive Officer of the “I Have A Dream” Foundation of Boulder County (IHDF) since 1997. Under her leadership, the organization has grown to serve over 1,100 students and their families in four communities (Boulder, Lafayette, Longmont, and Carbon Valley) within two of the largest school districts in Colorado (Boulder Valley and St. Vrain Valley), providing services and awarding over $2 million in college scholarships.
Lori helped start the local Mentors Matter group which focuses on recruitment of mentors, especially mentors of color. She also helped launch a county-wide collaborative school supply drive, Crayons to Calculators, and is a co-founder and co-chair of the Dream Big Initiative, which focuses on closing the achievement and opportunity gap in Boulder County.
Lori has a Master of Social Work from the University of Denver and completed her undergraduate work in Social Work at Colorado State University. She has served on the board of directors for Foothills United Way and Volunteers in Prevention. She currently serves as a board member for the National “I Have A Dream” Foundation in New York City, is a member of the Sanchez Foundation Board and was recently appointed by the Boulder Board of County Commissioners to serve on the Boulder County Housing and Human Services Advisory Committee. Lori has received the Woman of the Year award from the Boulder Professional Women Group, the Partnership Award from Boulder Housing Partners and the Women Who Light the Community Award from the Boulder Chamber of Commerce.