Vice President, Center for Designed Philanthropy


I’m privileged to share knowledge that inspires philanthropists to contribute to something bigger than themselves in areas that strengthen our community. For over 25 years, I’ve worked with nonprofits in strategic planning, program development, and grantmaking. I enjoy building relationships with donors and helping them identify and explore their passions.

Lori Klein joined The Foundation in 2020 as the vice president of the Center for Designed Philanthropy. She brings extensive experience in strategic planning, program development and management, grantmaking, volunteer management, mentoring, and organizational and board development. Prior to joining The Foundation, Lori was the executive director at Students 4 Students. Previously, she served as associate chief program officer and as senior vice president of Caring for Jews in Need at the Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles, as the associate director of the Zelikow School of Jewish Nonprofit Management at Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion (HUC-JIR), and in various programming and fundraising positions in the Jewish community. Lori earned her bachelor’s degree in psychology from UCLA, a master’s degree in social work from USC, and a master’s degree in Jewish communal service from HUC-JIR.  She has written, presented, and facilitated conversations on navigating the generational divide in Jewish nonprofits, including a 2009 article in the Journal of Jewish Communal Service on changing behavioral perceptions and expectations in Jewish nonprofit institutions. In 2010, the Jewish Communal Professionals of Southern California honored Lori with a mentorship award and HUC-JIR awarded her an honorary doctorate in Jewish Nonprofit Management in 2016.