Lauren is the Advocacy and Campaigns Manager for ILSR’s Independent Business team where she brings her background in advocacy, economic development, and independent business support. Lauren executes campaign strategies and manages relationships with allied organizations and coalition partners, including a coalition of nearly 30 independent business groups and alliances – Small Business Rising – advocating for antimonopoly reforms.
Prior to her work at ILSR, Lauren worked at organizations including the Trust for Public Land, the Pratt Center for Community Development, and Lowcountry Local First. Her nearly 10 years at Lowcountry Local First included leading policy and advocacy, government relations, the Good Business Summit, special projects, and acting as the Director of Operations. Lauren’s educational background includes a B.A. from the College of Charleston for Preservation and Planning, and a M.S. from Pratt Institute in City and Regional Planning. Lauren lives with her family in Charleston, South Carolina.