Lauren believes in pursuing equity and justice by serving and leading authentically, always promoting self-awareness and our deepest humanity. She has an extensive background in nonprofit development and loves to connect philanthropists with organizations that are making the positive social change they would like to see in the world. Prior to Upstart, Lauren worked in fundraising across diverse areas, including a women’s homeless agency on Skid Row, an endurance sports company, and the Los Angeles Philharmonic. Lauren also served as a U.S. Peace Corps Volunteer in Cameroon for two years, where she lived in a rural village and taught entrepreneurship. Lauren earned her master’s degree in Public Administration at the Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service at New York University. She also studied Business and Cinematic Arts at the University of Southern California.