Lori Zook

Director of Finance & Administration


"I love the atmosphere, people, and genuine mentorship opportunities at Ocean Science Trust. I appreciate that everybody has the opportunity to be challenged and guided to advance in their career."

With decades of experience, Lori Zook is a leader in non-profit administration, including operations, compliance, business and finance, and human resources. With a strong belief in mission-driven work, and a pedagogical approach, she strives to communicate the importance of organizational infrastructure across the team. In addition to the day-to-day aspects of her role, she stewards the organization through its independent audit and tax preparation processes, and is currently working on expanding OST’s internal DEI program.

Prior to joining the OST team in 2013, Lori served as a development manager at Quinn Associates, where she managed prospect research and institutional fundraising for a portfolio of small to mid-size non-profit organizations. Lori also served as a Cultural Affairs Commissioner for the City of Oakland – including a stint as vice-chair – and has been the executive director of a contemporary opera company and performance venue, as well as serving as a founding member of the Bay Area chapter of the United States Green Building Council.

Lori currently serves on the Eastmont Hills Neighborhood Council, and has participated on the crew of the Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival since 2006.

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