Lori Norris brings over 23 years experience in the areas of advocacy and educational / vocational services for those with disabilities and barriers to employment, workforce development, alternative education, adult education, project management, facilitation, and training and development.
Before joining Fedcap, Ms. Norris worked for School & Main Institute providing guidance to school districts as they worked to bolster social/emotional support services, community collaboration and alternative education opportunities for students at risk of dropping out of school. Prior to that she served as the Administrator for the Workforce Development Services Division at the RI Department of Labor and Training (DLT). Highlights of Ms. Norris’ accomplishments include the creation and implementation of a statewide youth workforce development system, growing it from serving 400 youth to 10,000 youth each year.
From 1995 until 2007, Ms. Norris worked for Goodwill Industries of RI, an agency that specializes in vocational rehabilitation for individuals with disabilities and other barriers to employment. The agency also provided transitional services for youth in five districts as well as operated an alternative high school for youth with special needs. MS. Norris concluded her career at Goodwill as the President and CEO.
Ms. Norris has worked independently in the Rhode Island community assisting non-profits with strategic planning, board development, agency advancement and project based facilitation services.
Ms. Norris holds a B.S. from the University of RI, an M.Ed. from UMASS Boston and is currently pursuing an EdD from University of New England.