Lisbeth (Lee) Schorr

Senior Fellow, Center for the Study of Social Policy

Lee Schorr helps lead CSSP’s work to assure social policy reform efforts are focused on achieving and sustaining measurable improvements in results for vulnerable children and families. She is a lecturer in social medicine at Harvard University, a member of the executive committee of the Aspen Institute's Roundtable on Community Change and has served in leadership positions for the Institute of Medicine of the National Academies, the SEED Foundation, the National Center for Children in Poverty, the National Academy of Science's Board on Children and Families, the ECS National Commission on Governing America’s Schools and the Foundation for Child Development. From 1965 to 1967, she headed the health division of the Community Action Program at the federal Office of Economic Opportunity, helping lead the federal effort that created a national system of community health centers. Her 1988 book, WITHIN OUR REACH: Breaking the Cycle of Disadvantage, analyzed social programs that succeeded in effectively combating serious social problems. In her 1997 book, COMMON PURPOSE: Strengthening Families and Neighborhoods to Rebuild America, Schorr explored challenges to the spread and sustainability of successful programs

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