Lori Reilly is the executive vice president of policy, research and membership at the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America (PhRMA), a leading trade group representing innovative companies in the pharmaceutical industry across the United States. In her capacity, Lori works to advance policies that encourage medical progress and patient access to the fruits of pharmaceutical innovation. In her membership role, Lori leads the association’s efforts to grow the depth and breadth of pharmaceutical company membership and engagement; in the last year alone, she has helped add five additional companies to the organization.
With a B.A. and J.D. both from the University of Nebraska, Lori is third-generation Irish on both sides, with roots in Co. Clare, Co. Cork and Co. Tipperary, and is an active member of the Omaha Irish Cultural Center and the Ireland Fund, Washington D.C. Young Leaders Society.
For her, the Irish people are emblematic of pride, strength, and perseverance. “The sacrifices made by my ancestors to travel to the United States and leave behind family in the hopes of a better life required self-sacrifice and determination,” she says. “My Irish upbringing provided me with a strong faith, love of family and appreciation for the traditions which have been passed on from generation to generation.”
Lori currently resides in Virginia with her husband, Michael, and four children, Madelaine, Grace, Olivia, and Jack.