Drawing on her skills in project management and data analysis, Lauren responds to our partners’ needs in areas ranging from identifying the aptitudes and predispositions of educators being considered for leadership roles to enhancing students’ out-of-school learning opportunities. She also guides project planning and execution for an ongoing evaluation of school turnaround initiatives in Michigan.
Lauren’s research interests include the assessment of school quality, the role of advocacy in policy formation, and gender gaps in education access and outcomes. She holds a Master of Public Policy degree from Georgetown University with a concentration in management and leadership. While at Georgetown, she conducted research on gender gaps in education outcomes in low and lower-middle income countries and how these connect to larger political structures. In addition to her master’s degree, she holds a bachelor’s in political science from Michigan’s Alma College. Lauren is based in our Grand Rapids office.