In 1993, Lori was living in poverty with her husband and young children when she had the opportunity to enroll her family in Head Start. The program gave her the skills, support, and confidence to succeed. She gained a new perspective of herself, from “just a mom” to a leader and champion for early learning. After being served by Head Start, she decided it was her turn to serve. Nearly 30 years later, Lori has dedicated her life to helping parents change their lives for the better through early learning. In 2013, she was honored as a White House Champion of Change for her vision of and commitment to Head Start and elevating parent leadership and voice. Lori is currently the Early Learning Policy and Advocacy Advisor at Educare Seattle, a school in the Educare Learning Network — a partnership between Start Early and early learning champions across the country, Puget Sound Educational Service District, the Washington State Association of Head Start and ECEAP Parent Ambassador Program Director, and co-chair of the Educare Learning Network’s Policy Workgroup.