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.