Connie Lurie has served on many nonprofit boards including the San Francisco Zoological Society, Asian Art Museum, and Damon Runyon Cancer Research Foundation (DRCF) and continues to be involved as a Director Emeritus at DRCRF and at the Zoo, creating Zoo 11. She is on the advisory board of Wildlife Associates and chairs the annual fundraiser. Connie has been a camp volunteer at The Painted Turtle, a Paul Newman Hole in the Wall Gang Camp for children with life threatening illnesses. She has been an advisory board member of California State Parks Foundation for over thirty years.
Connie is a co-founder of the CME Society and the Research Institute for Foster Youth Initiatives at San Jose State University (SJSU), serving on the President’s Board, and created and chairs the Spartans in the Desert annual 2-day event. The College of Education is named in her honor. In 2006, she received the Tower Award from SJSU, the Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society Distinguished Alumni Award in 2008, and the California Attorneys for Criminal Justice, Citizen Involvement Award.
After graduating from SJSU, Connie taught elementary school, was an Admissions Counselor at Heald Business College and was Executive Director of Who’s Who International. She is a longtime Junior League member and president of a charitable foundation and serves on a company board.