Lori O’Keefe

President & CEO

About Lori

Lori O’Keefe serves as president and CEO of Triangle Community Foundation. In addition to leading the operations and strategic vision of the Foundation, she works to ensure that the Foundation’s donors and fundholders are engaged and connected to the causes they care about, and oversees programs to support the Triangle’s entire nonprofit community for the benefit of our region.

A lifelong singer who is passionate about the arts, Lori has devoted her career to the social sector. Before joining Triangle Community Foundation in 2005, Lori worked as a fundraiser and arts administrator at performing arts institutions in California and New York City.  In her eight years at the Foundation, she has held positions of increasing responsibility in donor engagement and philanthropic services, most recently as Vice President of Philanthropic Services and Chief Operating Officer.

Lori is a native of Ohio and studied applied music as an undergraduate at the State University of New York.  She received a master of business administration degree with a specialization in arts administration, also from SUNY. She lives with her husband, Joe, in Wake Forest with their two young daughters, both aspiring artists. The couple also owns Wine 101, a local wine shop.

Ways Lori gives back:

  1. my kids
  2. supporting local performing arts
  3. board and committee service

You step outside, you risk your life...every moment now you don't have a choice. The only thing you can choose is what you're risking it for.

Hershel, The Walking Dead

Lori’s Hobbies

Being a "Dance Mom"
Watching scary movies and TV shows
Sometime piano playing (but only when nobody's home)