After completing high school in her native Haiti, Lorraine Mangones studied theater and art history in England and in the United States (BA, MA) and communications in Canada (MA). Since 1982, she has worked in positions of responsibility in various cultural and educational institutions in the US and Canada (International Research and Exchanges Board, IREX, French Institute of New York, CIDHCA in Montreal).
She returned to Haiti after the fall of the dictatorship in 1986 and worked at the Haitian Ministry of Education as part of a team in charge of developing new pedagogical tools. In 1987, she became program officer at the Haitian Association of Voluntary Agencies for training and communications programs while conducting theater workshops for grassroots groups and later teaching at the State University. From the 1990’s she contributed to a number of publications on the social, cultural and political issues facing Haiti in the post-dictatorship era.
Since 1995, she has assisted the board and executive director in the creation of the conceptual framework and administration of FOKAL (Fondasyon Konesans Ak Libète–the Foundation for Knowledge and Liberty) where she held the title of deputy director. In 2008, she became executive director of FOKAL. She serves on the advisory board of the Centre d’Art and the TiPa TiPa Foundation.