Trustees & Staff


The Lawrence Foundation currently has two trustees. They are:

Jeff Lawrence


Jeff is a co-founder and President of the Common Grant Application; founder and Trustee of The Lawrence Foundation and President, and founder and CEO of Clivia Systems.


The Common Grant Application system is a grant management system for grantmakers and scholarship providers. The Lawrence Foundation is a family foundation that makes grants to non-profit organizations. Clivia Systems provides business and technology advisory services.


Jeff was formerly a Board Member of Guidance Software (NASDAQ:GUID) which provides forensic, e-discovery and endpoint security software; formerly served as Chief Technology Officer of Intel's Network Communications Group and was also the co-founder, President, and CEO of Trillium Digital Systems (which was acquired by Intel in 2000). Trillium developed and licensed communications software to telecommunications equipment manufacturers.


Jeff has over 35 years of experience in the development of software, hardware, and systems for wireless, broadband, Internet, and telephone networks and Web applications. Jeff received a BS in Electrical Engineering from UCLA in 1979 and was co-recipient of the Greater Los Angeles Entrepreneur of the Year award and the UCLA School of Engineering's Professional Achievement award. Jeff sits on a number of advisory boards and writes and speaks on technology, entrepreneurship, philanthropy, economics and ethics.


Diane Troth

Diane Troth held engineering development positions with the Aerospace Corporation, Hughes Aircraft and McDonnell Douglas Corporation. Diane received a bachelor's degree in mathematics and a master's degree in engineering from the UCLA in 1980 and 1981 respectively.


Lori Mitchell, Executive Director

Lori is co-founder and Vice President of Common Grant Application - a project of Oceanpeak and Executive Director of The Lawrence Foundation. The Lawrence Foundation is a family foundation that makes grants to non-profit environmental, education, health, human services and other causes. Lori has managed over 9000 grant applications and $4.4 million of grants for the foundation. Prior to The Lawrence Foundation, Lori worked at Trillium Digital Systems where she served in Web development, senior administrative and marketing roles. Lori received a bachelor's degree in Art History from The University of Colorado at Denver in 1992.



The Game of Philanthropy

A background about our experience of forming and running a family foundation, as well as our views about the future direction of philanthropy is available below.


The Game of Philanthropy
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