Lori Russell

Executive Director

A passionate advocate for children experiencing developmental differences, Lori has spent most of her professional career at Aspire, where she has held a succession of clinical and leadership roles over the past 18 years. As executive director since 2016, Lori oversees the organization’s daily operations, strategic direction, long-term planning, community partnerships, fundraising and the implementation of all new policies, programs and initiatives. Under her leadership, the organization has grown by more than 70 percent and developed critical programming to best meet the needs of families on the North Shore.

Lori graduated from Wheelock College with a BS in child development and Bay Path University with an MS in mental health counselling. She currently sits on the Essex North Shore Agricultural & Technical School Strategic Planning Committee and is a member of the Lynn Education District Partnership. In addition to her work at Aspire, Lori is a training consultant for the Early Intervention Training Center, a program of the Massachusetts Department of Public Health.