Lori Spencer has more than 20 years of proven success in the consumer products industry – mostly in food and beverage. Her well rounded expertise in marketing, sales, operations and overall business management have enabled her to lead teams focused on start-up, scale, and growth enterprises in retail, wholesale, direct and manufacturing. She is currently the new President of Mama Lil's Peppers.
As one of the founders of Oregon Chai, Lori was a principal catalyst in the brand’s growth, from its inception in 1994 through its $75M acquisition in 2004. Having led the charge in establishing the “Chai” beverage category in the US market. Lori has been a consultant, advisor and mentor to many emerging consumer product companies and has held leadership roles with Portland based companies ZoomCare+, New Seasons Market, Tillamook Creamery, Salt & Straw, Sunshine Dairy Foods, and Nuflours out of Seattle, WA.
In addition to her passion for business, Lori holds a strong commitment to arts, education, entrepreneurship and community. Currently, she sits on the Board of Directors for XXcelerate and has also served on the Board of Directors for Built Oregon, Girls Inc, Pacific Northwest College of Art (PNCA), Young Audiences of Oregon & SW Washington and Fruit & Flower Childcare Center.
Lori has a BFA in Art and minor in Graphic Design from Dominican University in San Rafael, CA. When she’s not busy building and scaling brands, Lori enjoys time with her three kids and chocolate lab (Harlie) hiking, biking, traveling, volunteering and trying out new restaurants and food carts.