Lori J. Bertman is president and CEO of the Baton Rouge-based Irene W. and C.B. Pennington Foundation, Louisiana’s largest private family foundation. She is the co-founder and chairman of the board of the Center for Disaster Philanthropy (CDP) and created CDP’s Gulf Coast Resilience Innovation Fund. Lori also serves as the board president of the newly established Louisiana Disaster Recovery Alliance.
Lori is widely recognized as a noted expert and innovative thinker in the field of disaster philanthropy. Following Hurricane Katrina, Lori organized local and national philanthropic resources to raise more than $40 million in funds for recovery. She was not new to the field: Lori founded Bertman + Associates, a philanthropy and fund development consulting firm in 2001 and, prior to that, she created the first donor services department for the Baton Rouge Area Foundation, where she managed more than 150 donor-advised funds. She holds a bachelor’s degree from University of Massachusetts at Amherst and a master’s degree from Louisiana State University.