HALO’s board advisory search committee has selected Gai Lorenzen to be the Interim Executive Director for the Homeless Assistance Leadership Organization. This announcement comes one week after the former executive director, Kevin Cookman stepped down from the position.
Jim Henderson, HALO Board President, indicated “HALO’s board is very pleased to find someone as knowledgeable and connected to the issues that affect our homeless community as Lorenzen.” As interim executive director, she will lead a very dedicated and passionate staff, including 24 full-time and 18 part-time employees, who last year alone served over 900 individuals experiencing homelessness. Henderson stated that “Lorenzen is eager to continue building on HALO’s mission to provide a pathway to self-sufficiency for those experiencing homelessness in Racine County.”
As a non-profit lawyer with a focus that included affordable housing and community development, Lorenzen is very well known and respected in the Racine community. She will be retiring from Legal Action on February 28, where she has been managing attorney for nearly 20 years. She will start her new role at HALO on March 1. She is very excited to be able to continue making a difference for Racine in her new role, stating:
“HALO has a critical role in addressing the needs of those experiencing homelessness. I look forward to working with the staff, Board and community.”
In addition to working with Legal Action, Lorenzen owned her own law firm from 1995-2001 and served as director of Child Support for Racine County from 1989-1996. As a community leader she served as board president for three organizations: Racine County Continuum of Care, Racine Housing and Neighborhood Partnership, and the Racine Revitalization Partnership. Lorenzen was also named Woman of the Year in 2014 by the Racine Dominicans.