Vice President, Leadership and Global Activation
Lauren is the Vice President for the Leadership & Global Activation department at Vital Voices. In this role, Lauren develops strategies to provide custom, tailored support to the most exceptional women in the Vital Voices network through leadership development, technical capacity building, external communications and visibility opportunities. Lauren leads our network engagement strategy to connect the thousands of women in the Global Leadership Network as a force for global advocacy and awareness raising around critical issues affecting women and girls globally.
Since 2006, she has served in a variety of programmatic and consulting roles at Vital Voices, designing and implementing programs, developing curricula and developing strategies to increase the visibility and credibility of women leaders in Africa, Middle East and North Africa, South and Southeastern Asia. Latin America and Eurasia. Lauren has conducted trainings with women leaders across political, economic and human rights sectors, and represents Vital Voices on various advocacy coalitions. Lauren has previous experience in political organizing, advocacy, strategic communications and public policy work both in the nonprofit and academic sectors.
Prior to her current role at Vital Voices, she was most recently the Research Analyst for Governmental and Legal Affairs for External Affairs at Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia, where she oversaw the implementation of the University’s community benefit initiative, developed policy communications tools for city and statewide officials, and conducted policy research and recommendations around health care reform. Lauren was previously the Deputy Political Director for Pennsylvania at Project Vote and worked for Planned Parenthood Southeastern Pennsylvania on their statewide advocacy initiatives and community outreach. Lauren received her Master’s Degree in Social Policy from the University of Pennsylvania and her B.A. in Political Science and Sociology from Temple University.
What makes a great leader?
Someone who creates space for and brings out the best in others, in order to get the best possible solution.