Trustees and Staff

The founding trustees of the foundation were Jeff Lawrence and Diane Troth (husband and wife). Diane died in 2016. The current trustees are Jeff and his two children.



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. 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.


Lori Mitchell

The executive director of the foundation is Lori Mitchell.

Lori is co-founder and Vice President of Common Grant Application and Executive Director of The Lawrence 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.