Lori Toscano

Executive Director of U.S. Programs | Email: ltoscano@uic.edu

Lori Toscano has been working in the field of violence prevention for almost 20 years. She currently serves as Executive Director of U.S. Programs for Cure Violence, a top 20 global NGO where she oversees the implementation of the award-winning health approach to violence prevention at over 50 US program sites in 25 US cities including New York, Baltimore, Chicago, New Orleans, San Antonio and Kansas City.

Prior to joining Cure Violence, she directed the Safe Streets Baltimore program for the Baltimore City Health Department’s Office of Youth Violence Prevention. Baltimore’s Safe Streets program has been nationally recognized for its success in reducing and preventing violence in four of Baltimore’s highest risk neighborhoods.

Lori has evaluated and assisted other global cities interested in adapting the Cure Violence health approach to violence prevention, including Recife and Rio de Janeiro in Brazil. She is frequently invited to present at conferences related to public health, juvenile justice and criminal justice including Cities United, Futures Without Violence, Johns Hopkins University, US Department of State, Inter-American Development Bank and the US Department of Justice. She holds a Master’s degree in Criminal Justice from the University of Baltimore