Lori Margaret

Communications Specialist

Lori's first connection with MPAC was through the film, Kinyarwanda, which was honored with a MPAC Media Award in 2012. Over the years following, she has worked with MPAC as a freelance writer on our annual report, local and national grants, and projects supporting the work of the Hollywood Bureau.

The defining experience that brought Lori to interfaith work, and to lifelong support of the Muslim community, was a study abroad program in the Middle East during the 1989 Palestinian Intifada. Since that time, she has traveled to five other Muslim-majority countries as a relief and development worker, including Pakistan following the 2005 Kashmir earthquake and Malaysia to write a study guide on interfaith relations in emergency relief contexts. Before that, Lori served as a community development worker in public health, disaster mitigation and reconstruction, living in El Salvador for five years following the 2001 earthquakes.

Over her career, Lori has served as the Director of Programs and Operations of an international family foundation, coordinated medical and relief teams to Central America, and worked as a contract writer, editor, and interfaith programs director for non-profit organizations in Illinois, Washington and California. She learned the craft of grantwriting in the San Francisco Bay Area, raising funds for organizations helping underprivileged students in the Oakland Public School System.

Originally from the Chicago suburbs, Lori has a B.A. in Anthropology and Archaeology from Vanguard University, and continued her studies in Anthropology at the American University in Washington, DC. Lori is a committed interfaith ally, writer and advocate who brings with her a vast expanse of knowledge, experience, and a real desire to increase understanding and appreciation of the American Muslim community.






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