I’ve known Lori Oviatt for nearly twenty years. Through my professional work as a content strategist at Microsoft, through my service to Lake Washington Institute of Technology, and through my volunteer work in the community, my work and Lori’s in meaningful ways. I was the Chair of the Board of Trustees for LW Tech last year when we worked with the Riverview School District on a sale of property with benefitted both institutions. The Riverview School District Board of Directors was forward-looking about growth and new ways to improve their children’s educational experience.
At Microsoft, forward-thinking, collaborative types tend to find each other and work together, despite organizational boundaries. This was true for Lori and me. We often found commonalities that aligned our work goals, and our shared sense of the need to meaningfully contribute to global digital equity through access to engaging and effective learning curriculum. Lori was consistently inspiring, energetic, and proactive.
Lori was an inspiration to me in my volunteer work. I followed in her footsteps by becoming a Microsoft Loaned Executive to the United Way of King County. I’m never surprised to bump into her at different volunteer or diversity retreats, as we share the same philosophy about giving back to the community, and helping others find their paths towards volunteerism and community engagement.
The Riverview School District is very fortunate to have Lori on their board, as she is truly dedicated to improving the educational experience, access and equity in learning, and is committed to the hard work of defining the pathways to success, as well as the vision. She is a talented collaborator and a veteran convener, with the ability to bring diverse and disparate parties together to achieve meaningful results.
Lake Washington Technical College Trustee