Lauren is a Colorado native with a deep interest in sustainable community development through effective systems and governance. She is currently the Policy and Advocacy Manager at Clayton Early Learning, an early care and education nonprofit that promotes family-centered classroom and home-based practices through direct service, research and program evaluation, and professional development of teachers and leaders across the state. In her role she oversees and coordinates the public policy efforts on behalf of Clayton Early Learning in partnership with advocacy groups across the state and country. Before working at Clayton, Lauren was a policy associate with the Education Program at the National Conference of State Legislatures and also previously worked in Colorado public policy through positions with the Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce, Colorado Governor John Hickelooper’s office, and staffing for several members of the Colorado General Assembly.
Lauren graduated cum laude from Colorado State University with a B.A. in Political Science and International Studies. She currently serves on the board of the Young Education Professionals and is the co-chair of the Early Childhood Summit, a coalition of statewide leaders in child development and early learning.