Senior Analyst and Project Manager
Lauren specializes in projects that involve program evaluation, systems analysis, strategic planning, and data visualization. She currently manages evaluations of Alaska Native Education Equity program grants for Calista Education and Culture Inc. and Sealaska Heritage Institute. Lauren leads McDowell Group’s KIDS COUNT indicator research for the Alaska Children’s Trust. Other recent projects include studies for the Alaska Training Cooperative, Caleb Scholars Program, and the University of Alaska. She has authored numerous literature reviews on topics ranging from unconscious bias and cultural well-being to protective factors for childhood resilience.
Much of Lauren’s career and volunteer work has focused on economic and educational equity and creating environments that support all youth. Prior to joining McDowell Group, Lauren directed the Alaska Humanities Forum’s Sister School Exchange and Educator Cross-Cultural Immersion programs. Her professional experience includes conducting research for Cook Inlet Tribal Council and the Hong Kong Human Rights Monitor, leading experiential leadership courses for the National Outdoor Leadership School, and supporting the U.S. Antarctic Program at Amundsen-Scott and McMurdo stations.
Lauren holds a master’s degree in Digital Media and Education from the University of Michigan (Summa Cum Laude) and a bachelor’s degree in International Relations including a focus in Computer Science from Dartmouth College (Phi Beta Kappa, Magna Cum Laude). Outside of the office, Lauren enjoys recreating in the outdoors, practicing ballet, and spending time with her family. She is a member of the American Evaluation Association.