As the Science Engagement Group Lead for ESnet, Lauren's team supports Department of Energy researchers by providing the tools and resources they need for improving network performance, optimizing network architectures and accelerating bulk data transfers in support of data-intensive science.
Lauren has an extensive 16 years of experience working within the research and education community to develop international-scale partnerships, build & manage high-performance teams and lead positive organizational change.
Prior to joining ESnet, Lauren was the Director of Communications for Internet2, a Washington-DC based non-profit that provides high-speed advanced networking and cloud services to the U.S. higher education community. In this role, Lauren managed the organization’s outreach program including building the organization’s communications strategies, leading it’s website re-development, managing large-scale public events and managing all media relations.
In this role, Lauren also supported the external relations team in building strong and diverse coalitions of leading industry, government and academic organizations to advocate for public policy issues that were beneficial to the Internet2 community including high profile areas like Network Neutrality. In addition to this effort, Lauren supported the development of a major American Recovery and Reinvestment Act proposal to the Department of Commerce. As a result, Internet2 and its partners received a $62M grant to improve bandwidth connectivity to universities, and community anchor institutions like K-12 schools, libraries and hospitals.
Prior to joining Internet2, Lauren was a corporate communications manager for MCI WorldCom. In this capacity, she worked closely with reporters to help consumers navigate the often complex world of telecom services, which experienced significant change at the time (early 2000’s) with the swift adoption of home Internet services.
Lauren has also held positions with Strategic Communications Group, Edelman Public Relations Worldwide and the White House. Lauren has a B.S. in communications and political science from Boston University.