Senior Director of Policy
Lauren has more than ten years of education research and policy experience, with particular expertise in racial equity in education, school 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 also helped to create the Reimagining Education Summer Institute, a professional development program held at Teachers College, Columbia University focused on developing equitable teaching and learning practices in racially diverse schools. Lauren 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 holds a Ph.D. in sociology and education with a concentration in education policy from Columbia University’s Teachers College. At Teachers College, she received the school’s Research Dissertation Fellowship, an Education Policy Dissertation Grant, and the Dean’s Fellowship for Teaching and Diversity. She completed her B.A. in psychology at 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.