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Lorna Lathram is Director of Philanthropic Services for the Center on Philanthropy at Indiana University, leading the Philanthropic Services team responsible for developing, delivering, and expanding products and services in the Philanthropic Sector. Ms. Lathram brings extensive experience in creating and launching innovative products and services for the scientific, technology, agricultural and philanthropic sectors. Ms. Lathram was the founding President of the Omidyar Foundation, where she was responsible for developing organizational strategy and funding protocols, building grantee relationships and the overall management of this young, private foundation. Combining practices from traditional philanthropy and entrepreneurial start-ups, Ms. Lathram guided the Foundation to adopt its own approach to engaged philanthropy. She began her career with the multinational manufacturer, CIBA-Geigy (Novartis), in their AgriBusiness division where she was involved in numerous launches of new technologies including the introduction of “expert systems” and PCs into the farming community. Following CIBA-Geigy, Ms Lathram went on to work with three young California-based companies, creating, managing and implementing diverse services including product marketing, client relations, web-based marketing, and customer development and sales for new technology and bio-technology products and services.
Ms. Lathram has or currently serves on the following boards: The Foundation Incubator Board as Board Chair; Editorial Board, Journal of Intergenerational Relationships; the Advisory Board, Center on Wealth and Philanthropy at Boston College; Advisory Council, Women’s Philanthropy Institute.