Lauren joined Oregon Wild in 2020 and serves as the Climate Forests Program Manager. She loves hiking across Oregon’s beautiful coasts, forests and mountains, and is obsessed with spotting new birds and wildflowers on the trail.
She previously worked in Washington, D.C. with the National Wildlife Federation on federal energy, climate, and wildlife policy initiatives, including those related to natural climate solutions. In DC Lauren gained experience in policy development, campaign planning, coalition building, and other advocacy tools.
She received a Master of Public Policy from Oregon State University where her work focused on energy and environmental policy. Before beginning a policy-focused career, Lauren worked on applied ecology studies for the San Diego Zoo Institute for Conservation Research doing native seed collections and vegetation restoration projects. She also completed an AmeriCorps internship for the Great Basin Institute and the Bureau of Land Management doing land health assessments in Nevada. Lauren received a B.S. in Biology from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo.