Who is Lori Lander?
Lori Lander is best known for being the wife of Eric Lander, an American mathematician, and geneticist who is the Senate-confirmed Director of the Office of Science and Technology Policy, which has been elevated to cabinet-level.
Lori Lander is the co-founder of Many Helping Hands, a volunteer organization that brings together Cambridge residents of all ages to help those in need in Cambridge.
On Friday, May 28th, The U.S. Senate today confirmed mathematician and geneticist Eric Lander as director of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP). Lander will also serve as President Joe Biden’s science adviser and hold a seat in Biden’s Cabinet.
As the head of OSTP and the first OSTP director to be elevated to the Cabinet, Lander is expected to play a key role in advancing the Biden administration’s research agenda. His role includes boosting the federal role in climate change research and helping the United States counter technological and scientific competition from China.
Lander who is currently 64, has long held prominent roles in U.S. research and science policy. He served as the president and founding director of the Broad Institute, which is jointly run by Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He was co-chair of the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology for 8 years under former President Barack Obama. Lander also co-led the public Human Genome Project to the completion of the first draft in 2001.
Lori Lander Bio
She writes her bio as under.
I grew up in New York City and South Florida. Inspired by paintings in the museums I visited as a child, I took my first art classes at the Art Students League of New York, and have since studied painting at Princeton University with Frances Barth, at Bennington College Summer Workshops with Carol Herrar and Thelma Appel and in Boston with Joel Janowitz, among others. I have lived in Cambridge since 1981. The images in my paintings are drawn from my travels to Asia, Africa, Central and South America, Europe and the Middle East since 1978.
In addition to my painting, I am a community activist and volunteer. I am passionate about civic engagement. I currently serve on the Advisory Board of the Cambridge Arts Council and the Board of Trustees of the Cambridge Community Foundation.
I co-founded Many Helping Hands 365, a civic engagement non-profit, that (1) organizes an annual Martin Luther King Day of Service involving 3000+ volunteers young and old, rich and poor, (2) organizes an annual faith, community and public health driven gun buy back program and (3) created and maintains a volunteering website and handbook for the Cambridge community.
Since 2010, I have hosted monthly breakfast gatherings of 50-70+ people (mainly but not only women) to discuss topical issues as varied as Race, Youth and Education, Affordable Housing, Arts and Social Change, Women on the Margins, Climate Change: Taking Action Locally and Immigrants in Crisis.
I have lived in Cambridge with my husband Eric since 1981. We have three adult children – Jessica, Daniel and David. And, a wonderful dog – Mochi.
Lori Lander Children
Lander has lived in Cambridge with her husband Eric since 1981. The couple have three adult children – Jessica, Daniel, and David. And.