Lawrence Hess has been active in progressive politics and an advocate for civil rights and improving education in Southern California since the mid 1960s. From 1988-2002, Hess served on the board of directors of Instituto De Padres (Parent Institute for Quality Education), an organization dedicated to helping parents assist their children scholastic achievement and life skills. Each year, the Parent Institute provides classes for over 30,000 parents. Hess also remains actively engaged in progressive politics, not just in Southern California, but across the country.
Council for a Livable World
As at March 12, 2010, Lawrence Hess served on the board for Council for a Livable World. The Council was founded in 1962 by nuclear physicist Leo Szilard and other scientists. Its purpose is to campaign against the proliferation of nuclear weapons through lobbying and by supporting candidates who share their vision.