Lauress Wilkins Lawrence
Lauress Wilkins Lawrence is a program officer at the Elmina B. Sewall Foundation, in Freeport, ME. Her primary grantmaking interests are community engagement, equity, and environmental wellbeing in Sewall’s Healthy People Healthy Places program. Her grantmaking career began in the early 1980’s at Grants Management Associates, where she worked most closely with the Old South Church Fund which supported community-based organizations and the Foley Hoag Foundation which focused on improving race relations in Boston.
Before moving to Maine in 2014, Lauress taught religious studies at Regis College in Weston, MA, and she was pastoral associate at Saint Katharine Drexel Catholic Church in Dorchester, MA. She has M.Div. and Ph.D. degrees from Boston University, and an A.B. from Smith College. An African-American Hebrew Bible scholar, she serves on the editorial board of the Wisdom Commentary Series for feminist biblical interpretation, and is lead author of volume 36 – Joel, Obadiah, and Jonah (publication forthcoming) – in that series.
She lives in Portland, ME with her husband Mark and their Goldendoodle Teddy.