Lorial Crowder was born in Olongapo City and was adopted by the Crowder family at the age of 5. She founded Filipino Adoptees Network in 2005, which has connected many adopted Filipinos all over the world. She has a Master in Social Work from Hunter College with a focus on Community Organizing and Planning. Currently she is the Co- President of Filipino American National Historical Society – Metro New York (FANHS MNY), mother to her 9 year old son Noah Cruz and attempting to qualify for the Boston Marathon 2017.