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Described as the "ultimate connector," Lauren loves going to events across the Jewish community, finding people she doesn't know, and helping them find the most fulfilling way to get involved.
Professionally, she began this work at Vanderbilt Hillel and JUF's Young Leadership Division (YLD); she now works at Jewish Federations of North America, where she focuses on creating inclusive spaces and mentoring Jewish leaders as part of the Changemakers fellowship.
Lauren also finds the time to be a No Shame on U mentor, F&M alumni mentor, and Am Shalom Sunday school teacher, and has staffed eight Birthright Israel trips. She also continues her involvement with YLD, participates in programs with Base and Trybal Gatherings, and supports the iCenter and Shorashim.
Lauren is always seeking ways to get people excited about participating in the Jewish community, no matter where she goes. "She's like Moses," enthused one nominator. "A Jewish leader we all follow!"
She, Her, Hers
Associate Director of Changemakers Engagement and Strategic Partnerships, Jewish Federations of North America
ON THE SIDE:
Community connector, frequent flier, restaurant recommender
SOMETHING MOST PEOPLE DON’T KNOW ABOUT ME:
Before my career path led me to the Jewish community, I wanted to work in museums! I interned at an art museum, science museum, and the Lancaster Historical Society, where I spent a year studying Amish quilts!
A JEW WHO INSPIRES YOU:
My parents instilled incredible Jewish values in me and constantly model what it means to be proud and actively Jewish.
YOUR BEST PIECE OF ADVICE:
Drink plenty of water, find people who let you be you, remember what in life is temporary, put yourself out there, take time to rest, advocate for yourself.