Experienced, Effective, And Respected
Lorig has worked on dozens of legislative initiatives in Annapolis, championing important issues such as:
- Support for Small Businesses – Lorig wrote and helped pass the Maryland Intrastate Small Business Exemption so everyday people can invest in and grow local businesses.
- Healthy Food for Low-income Communities – Lorig helped write and pass the Maryland Farms and Families Act so low-income families can get more benefits when shopping at local farmers markets.
- Policing – Lorig worked the Public Safety and Policing Workgroup to incorporate police complaint mediation into reform legislation and subsequently worked with the Maryland Police Training and Standards Commission to develop policy guidelines for agencies throughout the state.
- Youth Justice – Lorig championed the bill that established Commission on the School to Prison Pipeline and Restorative Practices and currently serves on the Commission, to develop policies to keep young people in school and end the racial disparities in school discipline.
- Criminal Justice Reform – Lorig helped incorporate criminal misdemeanor diversion mediation into the Justice Reinvestment Act and worked with Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services to develop re-entry mediation, a nationally recognized model proven to decrease recidivism.
In addition to these, Lorig has been an active leader and campaigner to improve schools, expand business development, improve public health, and create food security.
20+ Years of Community Service
Lorig has spent decades improving the quality of life for people across our community, including:
- Led the campaign to open the TPSS Community Kitchen, a shared-use commercial kitchen that helps micro-entrepreneurs launch food-based businesses.
- Helped found Takoma Notes so local residents can invest in local businesses.
- As President of the Board of Crossroads Community Food Network, expanded access to healthy food to low-income individuals in our community
- Member of Montgomery County Women’s Democratic Club Advocacy Committee
- Former VP of the Board of Community Health and Empowerment through Education and Research (CHEER)
- Former President of the Board of the TPSS Food Co-op
- Former TPSS youth baseball coach
- Former Takoma Park 5K Challenge committee member
- Ph.D., Economics, Johns Hopkins University, 2002
- BA, Mathematical Economics, Pomona College, 1995
- Emerge Maryland, Class of 2017
- Daily Record Maryland’s Top 100 Women (three-time winner) and Circle of Excellence member
- Community Leadership Award, Maryland State Chapter of the National Organization for Women (2017)
- Judge Robert M. Bell Award, the Maryland State Bar Association Alternative Dispute Resolution Section (2017)
- Mary Parker Follett Award, Association for Conflict Resolution (2016)
- Montgomery Serves Award (2014)
- Takoma Foundation Azalea Award (2012)
- Sharon Pickett Award, Maryland Council on Dispute Resolution (2011)
- Leadership Maryland, Class of 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.”