Lauren is currently a community and organizational development (COD) volunteer with Peace Corps Albania.
Born and raised on Long Island, New York she slowly immigrated to upstate New York. She attended college at the State University of New York at New Paltz studying anthropology and international relations. After working for the New York Public Interest Research Group (NYPIRG) for two years in Brooklyn, NY she ventured further up the Hudson River to the city of Albany and the Empire State’s seat of government.
While in Albany she has worked on innovative projects such as the Veggie Mobile, helped direct two bicycle tours across New York, developed a cycling guidebook for New York’s Hudson Valley, was a lead consultant on a car sharing program for the capital region of New York, developed public health outreach materials for the New York State Department of Health and did analysis for the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation, and Historic Preservation (NYSOPRHP) assisting to complete the 2014 Statewide Comprehensive Outdoor Recreation Plan (SCORP).
She received a Master’s in Urban and Regional Planning from the State University of New York at Albany with a focus on transportation and land-use and a certificate in Geographic Information Systems (GIS). She was an Advanced Institute for Transportation Education (AITE) scholar and completed research on shared-use vehicles which was presented at the 2013 Transportation Research Board Annual Meeting.
While her professional life is drowning in acronyms her personal life is full of her wonderful family, friends, and cat. She enjoys being outdoors,running, biking, kayaking and generally having a great time.