Lori Lindburg, Senior Vice President, Innovation & Inclusion, CLS

Lori Lindburg is the Senior Vice President of Innovation & Inclusion with CLS, and the President & CEO of the Institute, overseeing our entrepreneurship, education and career initiatives. She is also co-founder and chair emeritus of the Coalition of State Bioscience Institutes, a 42-state coalition dedicated to developing and scaling successful industry practices in life science education, entrepreneurship and career development. With over 25 years of experience in non-profit management, Lori has worked with the private sector, local governments, industry and organizations in the U.S. and Europe to develop workforce and entrepreneurial systems in growth industries that are inclusive of underserved communities. Previously, during her 8.5 years as Vice President of SF Works, Lori led employer engagement efforts and developed and managed employment training programs, including the nationally-recognized “On-Ramp to Biotech” program. Having completed coursework for a Ph.D. in International Relations and Comparative Politics at American University in Washington, D.C., Lori served as a Senior Research Associate at the Brussels-based Migration Policy Group for 5 years, where she coordinated national roundtables between business executives and senior officials from the EU member states, the US and Canada focusing on policies and practices to promote the socioeconomic inclusion of migrants. While there, she helped establish the European Ethnic Minority Business Network to increase minority businesses in European supply chains. Lori has also served as a Visiting Fellow at Stanford University, a Research Associate at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, and a consultant for the Council of Europe. She is a published writer of industry and government reports in the US and Europe.