Lori Gangemi has been Chief Executive Officer of AbilityFirst since 2004. In this role, she leads a staff of 275 employees and has ultimate responsibility for all of AbilityFirst’s programs, services and facilities. She is also accountable for the organization’s financial health, and for implementing the Board of Directors’ policies and strategic plans.

Lori has a 25-year track record of success in the nonprofit arena. Prior to taking the helm at AbilityFirst, Lori led the March of Dimes Southern California Chapter. She previously led the March of Dimes San Diego-Imperial Chapter and held leadership positions with the American Heart Association in Seattle and Dallas.

Lori earned her bachelor’s degree in Communications from Washington State University. She is a member of the Organization of Women Executives (OWE), and Vistage.