Lauren is a Southern California native, growing up in Bakersfield and moving to Valley Village as a young adult. She graduated from Touro University with a BA in Psychology with a Clinical concentration and is now pursuing an MBA in Non-Profit Management and finance. Lauren has spent several years working in Jewish organizations as an Administrative Assistant and Youth Director before coming to IKAR. She spent a gap-year in Milan, Italy, where her love of community, equality, and social justice developed. She has a strong connection to her Jewish identity, which motivates her to give back to her community. Outside of the office, you will find Lauren and her husband Yitz chasing their son, Reuben, around the beautiful parks of Biloxi, MS. Lauren loves exploring nature with her son, spending time with animals, and doing community service.