Senior Director of Policy
Lauren has more than ten years of education research and policy experience, with particular expertise in educational equity, racial and socioeconomic integration, and school choice. Lauren has worked as a researcher for The Public Good, the Center for Understanding Race and Education, and The National Center for Children and Families. She has also provided research and policy consulting for the U.S. Department of Justice, the New York Civil Liberties Union, and the Ford Foundation.
Lauren is currently completing her Ph.D. in sociology and education at Teachers College, Columbia University, where she received the College’s Research Dissertation Fellowship, an Education Policy Dissertation Grant, and the Dean’s Fellowship for Teaching and Diversity. She holds an M.A. in sociology and education with a concentration in education policy from Columbia Teachers College and a B.A. in psychology from the University of North Carolina, Asheville. While in Asheville, she was the lead education researcher with The State of Black Asheville project and was a guardian ad litem volunteer in Buncombe County. She is a proud graduate of the Charlotte-Mecklenburg public school system.