Lorez Bailey is the publisher of the North Bay Business Journal. A business-to-business publication and website covering the North Bay-Sonoma, Marin, Napa and Solano Counties. The North Bay Business Journal is part of the Sonoma Media Investments group of publications including the Press Democrat. Prior to returning to a career in media Lorez served 5 years as the Executive Director of Chop’s Teen Club serving teens from 7-12 grades located in downtown Santa Rosa.
Before Chop’s, Lorez worked at Social Advocates for Youth (SAY) as the Director of College and Career Readiness where she spearheaded the creation and revision of all Sonoma County high school college and career centers. A great part that work also consisted of leading a team of work-based learning coordinators who worked in schools to; elevate Career Technical Education (CTE) programs, connect schools to community and implement the work-based linked learning initiatives as part of a 14 million 5 county grant. Prior to working at SAY Lorez worked at West County Community Services in Sebastopol as the Manager of Youth and Adult Education and Employment Services. Lorez has also worked a large part of her career in media including The Community Voice, Press Democrat, Fremont Argus, ANG Newspaper Group, Youth News and Channel 50. Lorez earned her B.A. in Communication Studies and Telecommunications from Sacramento State University and master’s degree in Education with
an Education Technology emphasis from Sonoma State University.
In recognition of Women’s History Month, in 2019 she was awarded U.S. Congressman Mike Thompson’s Sonoma County “Woman of the Year” for her work with students across Sonoma County and her smart advocacy to implement change in student support programs that produced important changes that prepare students for the 21st Century economy. Lorez is a graduate of the Santa Rosa Metro Chamber’s Leadership Santa Rosa Program (LSR Class 32) and has served as Chair of the LSR Program Steering Committee. She is a graduate chapter member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. where she was recognized for her extensive service to community and received the sorority’s Western Region Leadership award. Lorez is member Community Advisory Council member of the Independent Office of Law Enforcement Review and Outreach (IOLERO), Pepperwood Reserve Foundation Board, 10,000 Degrees Sonoma County Advisory Board and the Charles M. Schulz Museum and Research Center program advisory board.