Through her decade-long journey in educational programming, Lauren has noticed that the most common (and important) question that young people ask in a classroom is why are we doing this? Her experience has taught her that the most impactful and revolutionary educational experiences come when programming and curriculum are intentionally designed with this question in mind. She was drawn to Generation Citizen because of its focus on making the democratic process relevant and accessible to all students, particularly those who have historically been silenced or ignored. A longtime follower of American political debate, Lauren is also happy to be able to bring that passion and knowledge to her work.
Lauren is a fifth-generation Californian, and a graduate of both the University of California, Los Angeles, where she earned her B.A. in English, and the University of California at Berkeley, where she earned her California Teaching Credential and M.A. in Education with a focus on Language, Literacy, and Culture. Prior to GC, Lauren spent 3 years at Year Up, a workforce development non-profit, where she trained, counseled, and supported more than 150 young people to start new careers. Before that, she spent 4 years as a 9th grade English and History teacher at Oakland Technical High School, where she and her team revamped existing curriculum into a more relevant, thematic, and rigorous student experience.
After a childhood in the agricultural San Joaquin Valley and a few years in Los Angeles, Lauren has been a proud East Bay resident since 2010 and has no intention of leaving anytime soon. In her spare time, you can find her writing personal essays and short stories, reading good books, perusing fancy grocery stores, walking around Lake Merritt, and planning her next international trip.