Osborn attended Barnard College, received her Bachelor of Arts degree in English from Middlebury College and earned her MBA at the UCLA Anderson School of Management, specializing in Finance.
citation needed] In 1978 Osborn moved to San Francisco and organized against the Briggs initiative banning gay and lesbian teachers from public schools. While working for Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, she worked on solutions for homelessness, and supportive housing.[
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Osborn served as Senior Advisor to Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa working to reduce homelessness and poverty resulting two years later in the formation of the City of L.A. Office of Strategic Partnerships, a national public-private collaboration, connecting non-profit and governmental agencies with philanthropic organizations. Osborn also served as Chief Civic Engagement Officer for the United Way of Greater Los Angeles in 2009, and is 
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