Lori Shorr, Office of Mayor Michael Nutter

Lori Shorr serves as Mayor Michael Nutter’s chief education officer and erector of the Office of the Public School Family and Child Advocate. Since 2006, Shorr has served as vice president of policy and planning at Philadelphia Youth Network, a nationally recognized not-for-profit that manages $24 million of investments from government, industry, and the foundations community to serve over 10,000 young people in Philadelphia. In this role, she designed programs and secured funding from both public and private sources for large-scale initiatives focused on systemic cross-agency efforts to improve academic outcomes for disengaged urban youth, as well as career and technical education reform. Prior to this, Shorr was special assistant to the Secretary of Education at the Pennsylvania Department of Education. Here, she reviewed and analyzed the Department’s K-16 initiatives and priorities to ensure they met the educational needs of students, communities, and the Commonwealth, providing recommendations to the Secretary where necessary. She also created Governor Rendell’s Commission on College and Career Success and served on the Governor’s Job Ready Budget Task Force. Shorr received a B.A. from Pennsylvania State University and an M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Pittsburgh.