Lauren Creany | Development Director

Lauren Creany on a rock

Lauren leads 1000 Friends of Oregon’s fundraising program and philanthropic efforts, working with our community of donors to advance 1000 Friends' mission to enhance the quality of life for all Oregonians by building livable urban and rural communities, protecting family farms and forests, and conserving natural areas.

Lauren's roots are in higher education fundraising. Prior to coming to 1000 Friends in 2021, she was a frontline fundraiser at Pacific Northwest College of Art. Before that, she helped spearhead unprecedented growth in the Reed College Annual Fund.

For Lauren, joining 1000 Friends of Oregon feels like coming home. Lauren moved to Portland after graduating from Vassar College in New York. While this was partly on a lark, she remembers hearing stories about how things were different out here thanks to Oregon's strong land use planning and something called the urban growth boundary. She arrived in 1998 and knew immediately she would never leave.

Lauren lives with her husband, two children, and a very lovable cat in an 1890 Victorian row house in SE Portland's Buckman neighborhood. They love living where (almost) everything is a short walk, bike ride, or bus trip away, but their bags are always at the ready for their next adventure. Whenever they can get away, you'll find them backpacking along a remote creek, wave jumping at the Coast, road-tripping through small towns, or skiing in the mountains. | 503.497.1000 x133 | she/her/hers


"To me, land use exemplifies how we develop land in our communities. I believe that through thoughtful land use planning we can strike the right balance of vibrant cities and towns, open spaces, working land, and wild places. Speaking of wild places, I’ve had a lot of fun visiting many of Oregon’s natural wonders recently, here’s a map of some of the places I’ve been:"


Map of Lauren's land use adventures
  • Badger Creek in the Badger Creek Wilderness (backpacking — twice)
  • Nehalem/Manzanita (kayaking/wave jumping)
  • Warms Springs to Maupin on the Deschutes (rafting)
  • French Pete Creek in the Three Sisters Wilderness (backpacking)
  • Cottage Grove (camping on our friends' beautiful farm)
  • Elk Lake Creek in the Bull of the Woods Wilderness (backpacking)
  • Ice Lake and the Matterhorn in the Wallowas (backpacking)
  • Hells Canyon (rafting, with a guide)
  • Big Lake near the Santiam Pass (camping)
  • Three Fingered Jack (hiking)
  • Neakahnie Mountain (hiking with my sister and her husband who drove across the country!)
  • Cape Falcon/Ecola State Park/Oswald West State Park (hiking, storm watching, exploring tide pools, and some light winter swimming for the kids)
  • Anthony Lakes (skiing, snow shoeing, and sledding)
  • Mt. Hood (skiing)
  • Mt. Bachelor/Sunriver (skiing)
  • Smith Rock State Park (hiking over Misery Ridge)
  • Cape Lookout State Park (yurt!)
  • Hood River (all the fun things)
  • Netarts (exploring Bayocean spit)
  • Wilson River (swimming)
  • Camp Sherman/Metolius River (camping)
  • Separation Creek in the Three Sisters Wilderness (backpacking)
  • Willamette River in Oak Grove (river fun)
  • Proxy Falls in the in the Three Sisters Wilderness (hiking)
  • Smith Rock State Park (rock climbing!)
  • South Sister, Moraine Lake, and Green Lakes in the Three Sisters Wilderness (backpacking)

Southern and Southeastern Oregon, I'm coming for you next!