As the Senior Manager of Program Administration on the Market Transformation team, Lauren oversees the management and administration of large federal and state grant awards. Lauren also assists in the strengthening initiatives and programming within the Market Transformation Pillar and supports market research related to sustainability & circular economy innovation. Before joining LACI, Lauren worked in administrative affairs and operational management at Columbia University. Prior to that, Lauren championed a collaborative grant program and oversaw the project management awarded projects at Houston Wilderness, successfully securing over $1M in funding. Lauren holds an MPA in Environmental Science and Policy from Columbia University and a bachelor’s degree from the University of Houston focused on Environmental Sciences & Systems. Lauren enjoys birding and hiking in her free time.