Lauren is a native of Portland, Oregon and currently works as a Program Manager for a study abroad non-profit in Seattle. She has a bachelor's degree in International Relations with minors in Spanish and English Literature and a master's degree in International Development and Service. After college, Lauren spent two and a half years backpacking around Latin America, Australia, Asia, and Europe. During graduate school, she spent semesters in Quito, Ecuador and Chiang Mai, Thailand. She has held internships working with houseless senior citizens in Ecuador, assisting immigrants at a crisis center in Thailand, preparing refugees for employment in Portland, and running a summer school program for low income and refugee youth populations in Portland. In her free time, Lauren enjoys running, cooking, hiking, and traveling.