Born and raised on a Virginia farm just outside the City of Richmond, Lory has always been fascinated by settlement patterns and how urban growth happens.
“My professional history, market knowledge, and my passion for making places better equip me to work towards the continued growth of Richmond.”
Lory graduated summa cum laude from Hollins University with degrees in Philosophy and Political Science in 2002 and earned her MA in Urban and Environmental Planning at the University of Virginia’s School of Architecture in 2004. After a short stint at the Richmond Regional Planning District Commission where she focused on affordable housing and blighted property, she continued her public service working in the Department of Planning & Development Review for the City of Richmond.
As Principal Planner for the City of Richmond, Lory’s experience includes serving as Secretary to the city’s Planning Commission and overseeing the review of all development projects in the City that need special approval. Her contributions to development in the City were recognized in her selection as a “Top 40 Under 40” by Style Weekly.
After over a decade of experience in development review and land use planning with the City of Richmond, Lory joins One South Commercial as a commercial agent. She brings with her extensive knowledge of the Richmond market, zoning and development review process, historic tax credits, and neighborhood development. Her focus has always been in making places better and maximizing their potential. To that end, she specializes in complex, innovative mixed-use development deals, infill opportunities, repositioning underutilized properties and multifamily investment portfolios.