Lauren recently joined OBDC as part of the Business Sustainability Outreach Program (BSOP). She is working with businesses along the new East Bay Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) route along International Boulevard to ensure they have the support they need to survive and thrive. Lauren is creating a database of all the businesses along the route, conducting a Needs Assessment of the businesses, and engaging the community in outreach and education about how to take advantage of the growth that will come with the new BRT. Having lived through the construction and implementation of a BRT in Lima, Peru, Lauren is particularly passionate about how important affordable and reliable transit is for communities, and she is excited about supporting the BSOP.

Lauren recently moved back to the Bay Area after about 10 years traveling around the country and globe. She specializes in data analysis and community outreach for nonprofits working in education and technology. She moved to California after living in Austin, Texas for three years (with a 6 month break studying and working in Mexico City). In Austin, after completing her Master of Global Policy Studies at the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs, she worked with a nonprofit broadband company to connect rural Texas communities to high-speed, affordable internet. Prior to living in Texas, she worked as a TOEFL and GRE teacher in Lima, Peru for two years. She is a proud graduate of Oberlin College and serves as the Co-Chair of the Latinx Alumni Association.

When she is not working, Lauren enjoys hiking, cooking, and enjoying local, East Bay cuisine.