Lois Salisbury began her legal career with Public Advocates in her third year of law school at Berkeley School of Law when she worked with Bill Hastie on a case to bring women into the San Francisco Police Department. She continued to work for Public Advocates for the next 19 years conducting complex litigation and advocacy concentrating on civil rights, education, health and consumer issues. Salisbury later went on to serve as the chief executive of Children Now, a research and action organization recognized nationally for its policy expertise, up-to-date information, and work with the media. Lois joined the David and Lucile Packard Foundation as their director of the Children, Families, and Communities Program in March of 2002. Salisbury graduated from Reed College and received her J.D. from U.C. Berkeley School of Law.