Lori Boozer was born and raised in the ever-present public housing of Brooklyn’s Brownsville neighborhood. She spent her formative years at the Brownsville Childcare Center (Head start) and the Howard Houses Police Athletic League. She attended Brooklyn public schools, and graduated from Boys and Girls High School. Lori earned an academic scholarship to Vassar College, where she pledged Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. and majored in Sociology, which formed the foundation of her interest in public service and underrepresented communities. This passion inspired her to pursue a legal education at Boston College Law School where she received her Juris Doctor.
During Law School, Lori became engrossed in public service and social justice issues including welfare reform, affordable housing, and criminal justice. As a second-year law student, Lori traveled to New Orleans, Louisiana to rebuild houses and provide legal services to low-income victims of Hurricane Katrina. After graduating from Law School, Lori pursued her career in public service by accepting a judicial clerkship in the Superior Court of New Jersey—Criminal division in Newark, New Jersey. This opportunity to observe the entire criminal justice system in a particularly low-income and underrepresented community inspired Lori’s commitment to return home to advocate for similar populations in New York City.
Accordingly, Lori took a position as a Housing Specialist with the Urban Resource Institute, where she worked tirelessly to find new homes for survivors of domestic violence and advocated on the city- and state-level for fair rent control laws. As a Housing Specialist, Lori was provided with the opportunity to witness the unjust ways in which New York Housing Courts contribute to the marginalization of the urban poor. Motivated by this experience, Lori accepted a position with Housing Court Answers, where she has helped countless families win justice against unfair housing practices and understand their legal rights. Lori also serves as a Union Representative for NOLSW/UAW local 2320 (National Organization of Legal Services Workers/United Auto Workers).
In addition to these professional pursuits, Lori has served as a Strategic Consultant for several Brownsville non-profits including: the Ocean Hill - Brownsville Neighborhood Improvement Association, which works to improve the quality of life for residents of the Ocean Hill - Brownsville community; and the Young Gents Society, which helps incarcerated young men from Brownsville prepare for more fulfilling and productive lives upon leaving the Crossroads juvenile detention facility. Additionally, Lori is currently a member of the Mt. Ollie Baptist Church where she serves administratively.
Throughout Lori’s academic and professional career, she has been a leader on important issues affecting the African-American and low-income communities. Lori is running for public office because the 55th Assembly District has been underrepresented and short-changed by Albany for years. As a born and raised Brownsville resident, Lori personally understands the District’s need for new servant hood and new leadership and is committed to providing it. As your Assemblywoman, Lori will keep doing what she has always done—fight for low-income populations and working families, and stand up for women so that community members get the services they deserve. Lori will also be a leader in the fight to get area schools the funding they need, improve housing conditions for NYCHA residents, create more affordable housing, and make our streets safer.