Lorri Galloway is the founder and Executive Director of the Eli Home for Abused Children, a Presidential Citation-winning nonprofit that has provided housing, counseling, and support services to homeless victims of child abuse and domestic violence for over 39 years.
Lorri was first elected to the Anaheim City Council in 2004 and re-elected in 2008, and remains the only Democratic woman to serve there. During her two terms on the council, Lorri served as Mayor Pro Tem and Director of the Orange County Transportation Authority. She left office in 2012 due to term limits.
Having a reputation of being a political moderate, she understands that building consensus is the gateway to effective leadership. Lorri has been a passionate voice for working families in Anaheim, as well as an advocate for creating and sustaining strong economic opportunities for businesses, both large and small.
While on council, she fought to improve underserved neighborhoods with new parks and infrastructure and bringing in over 2,500 new affordable housing units to the city. She also helped develop the Anaheim Family Justice Center, a centralized facility that ensures law enforcement and social service agencies coordinate with each other to better help victims of domestic, child, elder, and sexual abuse. This extraordinarily successful model now serves the entire Orange County region. She supported the growth of the Platinum Triangle, a planned TOD, transportation oriented development, where Anaheim residents work, live and play.
Both in and out of office, Lorri has launched several community reinvestment measures to revitalize Anaheim's underserved neighborhoods. In 2009, she founded the East Street Community Renewal Initiative (ESCRI) to help families improve their lives and their communities through nutrition education, afterschool tutoring, and financial literacy courses as well as community improvement projects. In 2015, Lorri launched 100 Chances, an innovative public-private partnership that annually pairs 100 at-risk Anaheim youth and students of color with community, government, and business leaders for an apprenticeship and mentorship program, with the goal of securing employment after high school.
During the pandemic from 2020 thru 2021, Lorri created and implemented “Conquering Covid”, a community program that provided food, counseling, and homework club to families seriously affected by job loss, loss of income or housing, and served more than 2,000 people.
Lorri has received numerous awards and distinctions for her government and community service, including the Orange County Central Labor Council Community Services Award; the Rancho Santiago College Women of Achievement Award; the First Lady of California Community Service Award; the National Philanthropy Association Outstanding Founder Award; the Orange County Spirit of Volunteerism Award; the Orange County Bar Association Liberty Bell Award; and the Orange County Asian Business Association Community Service Award. Due to her dedication to serving impoverished communities in Anaheim, she also received the Orange County Community Housing Corporation's Political Will Award for Affordable Housing in 2007.
Lorri, a 47-year Anaheim resident, is married to her childhood sweetheart, Michael, and has two daughters and two grandchildren.