State Legislative Success
Experience includes drafting legislative language; drafting amendments; identifying lead sponsors; gathering co-sponsors; coordinating coalition lobbying efforts; securing support from State Agencies; killing problematic bills; working with State Agencies on implementation.
- Criminal Justice Reform: Worked with Justice Reinvestment Coordinating Council to incorporate criminal misdemeanor diversion mediation into Justice Reinvestment Act. Served on task force created by JRA to develop best practices for misdemeanor mediation implementation.
- Policing: Worked with Public Safety and Policing Workgroup to incorporate Police Complaint Mediation into subsequent legislation (HB1016).
- Supporting Small Businesses: Wrote and ensured passage of Maryland Intrastate Small Business Exemption to allow residents to make small loans to local businesses.
- School Discipline Reform: Championed bill to establish Commission on the School to Prison Pipeline and Restorative Practices, which passed in 2017.
- Public Health: Wrote and led efforts to pass Maryland Farms and Families Act, establishing a program to double the value of federal nutrition benefits spent at farmers markets.
- Conflict Resolution: Wrote and ensured passage of the Mediation Confidentiality Act.
State Agency Policy Success
- Reducing Recidivism: Worked with Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services to develop re-entry mediation, a nationally recognized model, proven to decrease recidivism. Secured state funding.
- Police-Community Relations: Worked with Maryland Police Training and Standards Commission to develop Best Practice Policy Guidelines for Police Complaint Mediation.
- Special Education: Worked with Maryland State Department of Education to Develop process to ensure everyone’s voices are heard in IEP Meetings.
- Access to Justice: Worked with Maryland Judiciary to develop a system to provide quality mediation to low-income parents in custody disputes.
- Addiction Recovery: Worked with Maryland Judiciary Office of Problem Solving Courts to enhance Drug Court Programming across Maryland.
- School Safety and Violence Prevention: Appointed by Gov. O’Malley to serve on Governing Board of Center for School Safety.
Local Community Success
- Local Business Development: Led a lengthy campaign to open a shared-use commercial kitchen, giving micro-entrepreneurs throughout District 20 a chance to launch food-based businesses.
- Local Economy: Helped create Takoma Notes, whereby local residents invest in local businesses and earn a return on their money.
- Food Security and Public Health: Spearheaded efforts to double the value of federal nutrition benefits at a weekly farm market, primarily benefitting residents of Langley Park and Long Branch.
Civic Engagement in Silver Spring & Takoma Park
- Served as President of the Board of Crossroads Community Food Network and a member of MoCo Women’s Democratic Club Advocacy Committee
- Served as VP of the Board of CHEER (Community Health and Empowerment through Education and Research), President of the Board of TPSS Co-op
- TPSS youth baseball coach; Takoma Park 5K Race committee member; Rolling Terrace Elementary School PTA officer; Takoma Junction task force member; South of Sligo Citizens Association leader
Ph.D., Economics, Johns Hopkins University, 2002
BA, Mathematical Economics, Pomona College, 1995
Emerge Maryland, Class of 2017
Selected Awards and Recognitions
Daily Record Maryland Top 100 Women — Awarded 3 Times, Member of the Circle of Excellence
Maryland State Chapter of the National Organization for Women (NOW) Community Leadership Award, 2017
Judge Robert M. Bell Award, Presented by the Maryland State Bar Association Alternative Dispute Resolution Section, 2017
Association for Conflict Resolution, Mary Parker Follett Award, 2016
Montgomery Serves Award, 2014
Takoma Foundation Azalea Award, 2012
Maryland Council on Dispute Resolution, Sharon Pickett Award, 2011
”It’s hard keeping up with Lorig, let me tell you. I have to go all over the state to find her. But I will constantly be in pursuit of her because she is such a great leader in breaking the impasse over social conflicts, family conflicts, workplace conflicts, you name it. At a time when there is so much division and polarization in society, what we need is exactly the kind of work that Lorig has been doing to bring people together for constructive problem-solving. That’s why I’m thrilled to be able to salute Lorig and urge her on.”