Originally from New Jersey, Lori graduated from Brown University in 2003 with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology. At Brown, Lori wrote an honors thesis on changing attitudes and stereotypes about the homeless community, directed the social justice branch of the Jewish student organization, and participated in the Student Hunger and Housing Action Coalition (SHHAC). She also did extensive volunteer work and coordinated Brown's first Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week.
Field placement: Hunger Task Force
Lori recruited and organized members of Voices Against Hunger, a grassroots group organized by Hunger Task Force taking action on hunger issues with the goal of creating positive social change. In 2003, the group worked to improve the Food Stamp Program and the Summer Food Service Program in Milwaukee County. Lori helped to shepherd the group into action by encouraging activism, educating members, and developing members' leadership skills.
Policy placement: National Coalition for the Homeless
Lori assisted with housing policy at NCH by producing educational materials related to the Bringing America Home Act, the National Housing Trust Fund, and other housing issues. She also researched federal, state, and local affordable housing programs and writing policy statements based on this research.