Lori Tiller
Public Service Associate
Nonprofit and Youth Leadership Development
(706) 583-5532

Current Position

Lori Tiller is a member of both the nonprofit and youth leadership development faculty teams. She is proficient in strategic planning, infusing technology into group process design, report writing, and program design and implementation for youth and adult leadership programs. Tiller has particular interest in programs supporting young people who have experienced foster care or homelessness transitioning to postsecondary education.

Current Activities and Expertise

Tiller co-leads the Embark Georgia network which is a statewide initiative that supports young people who have experienced foster care or homelessness access the resources and support to succeed in their postsecondary goals. She coordinates the Destination Dawgs Summer Leadership Institute which is a prerequisite for the UGA Destination Dawgs campus Inclusive Post-Secondary Education (IPSE) Program at UGA.

Tiller has completed strategic planning process for both athica, a local contemporary art gallery, and AthFest Educates, a local music granting organization in the past year. She is the self-evaluation coach for the Georgia Youth Opportunities Initiative. She works with many on-campus departments including the Peabody Awards to aid in their planning and implementation processes, and she works with a variety of nonprofit and community based organizations building not only their leadership capacity, but their governance processes, strategic planning, and volunteer management skills.

Tiller specializes in using technology along with traditional facilitation techniques to help groups process their strategic initiatives, come to consensus, and prioritize their goals. She uses a combination of keypad technology, wireless computer networking, and voting techniques.

Previous Experience

She joined the J.W. Fanning Institute for Leadership Development in July 2008 after serving for seven years with UGA’s Office of Performing Arts. Throughout her seven years in arts administration she worked with professional artists, community schools and administration, in addition to managing community volunteers, facilities and events.


  • 2001, B.A., music education, University of Georgia
  • 2007, M.A., nonprofit management, University of Georgia
  • 2019 expected graduation, Ph.D., higher education, University of Georgia
  • Boards

    • PTO, Cleveland Road Elementary (Vice-President) (2017-present)
    • Leadership School Governance Team, Cleveland Road Elementary (2016-present)
    • Parent Advisory Board, Clarke County School District (2016-present)
    • Care Team, Emmanuel Episcopal Foster Care Initiative (2016-present)
    • Foundation for Excellence award reader (2014)
    • Board Member Jeannette Rankin Scholarship Foundation (2010-2012)
    • Scholarship Reader for the Jeannette Rankin Scholarship Foundation (2001-present)