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Lorene Arey

President, The Clara Fund


Lorene Arey is founder and President of The Clara Fund, a philanthropic organization whose goal is to promote and support economic opportunities for women globally.

Before joining the public sector, Lorene was the head of Worldwide Corporate Communications at Cisco Systems where she was responsible for Cisco’s worldwide media relations, public relations and executive communications. Since joining Cisco in 1993 she played a key role in shaping and positioning Cisco’s public image. The accomplishments of her team were spotlighted in the Wall Street Journal in 2000 when Cisco was recognized as the company with the best publicity across all industries worldwide for 1999.

Lorene currently serves as a Director for MicroCredit Enterprises, is on the Advisory Boards for the Institute for Leadership Studies, Loyola Marymount University, 463 Communications, and serves on the Conference Steering Committee for Global Philanthropy Forum.

She holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of California, Berkeley where she graduated Phi Beta Kappa and with Highest Distinction.