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Lorna Lathram

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Lorna Lathram brings experience in both the Private and Nonprofit sectors to her consulting practice. Ms. Lathram's work with Grantee and Grantor organizations has focused on a variety of topics including organizational analysis and development, strategic planning, and new venture and business development. As the former founding President of the Omidyar Foundation, 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.

Ms. Lathram brings experience in creating and launching innovative products and services for the scientific, technology, agricultural and philanthropic sectors. Ms. Lathram began her career with the multinational manufacturer, CIBA-Geigy (Novartis), in their AgriBusiness division where she was involved in numerous launches of new technologies. Her last project with CIBA-Geigy involved the introduction of “expert systems” and PCs into the farming community; this effort to transfer information and communications technology to a new population resulted in a new career direction.

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.