Lorie Zapf

President and CEO

Lorie brings more than 30 years of leadership experience from the private, non-profit and public sectors. Her diverse career began as a broadcast journalist in radio and television and includes management and executive level positions in public relations and media, non-profit work, founding and operating a successful natural food company that she helped grow to national distribution, and most recently as a two-term city councilmember. As a former foster youth whose mother suffered from mental illness and alcoholism, Lorie has spent her adult life volunteering for organizations that help vulnerable youth. As a councilmember, she increased awareness and resources for mental health, foster youth, juvenile sex trafficking, and early childhood literacy. Lorie earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Broadcast Journalism from Cal State Northridge and her Master’s Degree in Applied Communications from the University of Denver. Lorie and her husband Eric live in Clairemont, where they raised their two daughters, now 18 and 20 years old.