Originally from Philadelphia, Torie holds her B.A. from Middlebury College and her MBA in Finance and Marketing from UCLA's Anderson School of Management.
She is executive director of Liberty Hill Foundation, one of the nation's most admired social change foundations. Liberty Hill funds grassroots community organizations working for social, racial, and economic justice in Los Angeles County.
Since Ms. Torie joined Liberty Hill in the fall of 1997, she has also added several new programs and funds to the foundation. Last year, the L.A. Weekly recognized her dynamic leadership by naming her "L.A.'s best all-round coalition builder."
Prior to joining Liberty Hill, Torie was executive director of the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force in Washington DC, the nation's oldest gay and lesbian civil rights organization. Torie was also the executive director of the Los Angeles Gay and Lesbian Center from 1988-1992. Under her leadership, The Center experienced remarkable growth and became the nation's largest organization serving the gay and lesbian communities.
Torie has been a social activist for 30 years, beginning with the anti-poverty, civil rights and anti-war movements of the 1960s. Her passionate commitment to social justice has roots in her childhood when, as the daughter of a State Department employee, she witnessed food riots in Franco's Spain.
Torie Osborn and her partner, surgeon Lydia Vaias, were married in San Francisco in a six-couple ceremony performed by their good friend, California State Senator Sheila Kuehl. Torie and Lydia, long-time residents of Santa Monica, recently bought a house in Sunset Park.