Founder, American Muslim Civil Rights Center
Lori Saroya is a civil rights activist, and an experienced diversity & inclusion consultant and nonprofit leader. She brings a deep, personal commitment and passion for empowering underserved communities and creating a just, equitable society. Lori has spent her entire career working to ensure that everyone is treated with the respect and dignity they deserve. Lori recently founded the American Muslim Civil Rights Center and seeks to bring people together during a time when there is so much fear and division in our nation. The American Muslim Civil Rights Center is creating the nation's first Muslim civil rights museum. Its mission is to cultivate inclusivity, create dialogue, and empower communities to learn, grow and succeed together. In 2007, Lori founded a civil rights nonprofit organization that assists Minnesotans experiencing racial, religious, and ethnic discrimination. She served as that organization’s executive director for 8 years and received numerous awards and recognitions, including the Difference Makers Award from the American Bar Association, Nonprofit Mission and Excellence Award from the Minnesota Council of Nonprofits, St. Catherine University Alumni Award, Minnesota Governor's Distinguished Service Award, and a Congressional Tribute. Lori serves on the Blaine Charter Commission and previously served on the Minnesota Judicial Branch Committee for Equality and Justice, St. Paul Human Rights and Equal Economic Opportunity Commission, Minnesota Council of Nonprofits Board of Directors, and the Alumni Board of Mitchell Hamline School of Law. Lori received her undergraduate degree from St. Catherine University and Juris Doctor from Mitchell Hamline School of Law.