Lauren brings more than a decade of award-winning journalism and entrepreneurism to her role as Senior Director of Strategic Communications and Marketing at The Hope Center for College, Community, and Justice. Formerly she was the Director of Communications at Media Impact Funders and Editorial Director of YES! Media, a solutions journalism magazine in Seattle and The GroundTruth Project’s inaugural international correspondent. Based in the Middle East for almost a decade, she was one of the first women columnists at Foreign Policy magazine and co-founded Foreign Policy Interrupted, an initiative dedicated to amplifying women-identifying voices in international affairs.
She’s the co-founder of SchoolCycle, a United Nations Foundation campaign in Malawi and Guatemala that provides bicycles for adolescent girls to get to school. She’s also the founding deputy editor of the Cairo Review of Global Affairs in Egypt, where she was a Fulbright fellow and Pulitzer Center grantee.
She’s a 2021 fellow at the New America Foundation, a 2020 Atlantic Council Millennium fellow, and was named a 2017 Rising Talent by the Women’s Forum for the Economy & Society.
She was a 2012 Overseas Press Club fellow in Jerusalem with the Associated Press and a UN Foundation Press fellow. A finalist for a 2012 Livingston Award, she has reported from Egypt, Tunisia, Bahrain, Syria, the U.A.E., Israel, Gaza, the West Bank, Lebanon, Jordan, Zambia, Malawi, Kenya, Nigeria, Guinea, South Africa, El Salvador, Guatemala, Brazil, Afghanistan, Saudi Arabia, and Pakistan.
Her multimedia work has been published by The New Yorker, WIRED, the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, the AP, CNN, NBC News, Businessweek, Newsweek, TIME, Foreign Policy, the Atlantic, Marie Claire, Cosmopolitan, among others.
She graduated summa cum laude from New York University as a John W. Withers Award recipient and Presidential Scholar, with a degree in Media, Culture, and Communication. She received Chicago’s Association for Women Journalists 2010 award for outstanding young journalist and her master’s degree from Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism.
Lauren is originally from Philadelphia, where she is currently based, and remains a proud patron of Wawa.