“I am inspired by our community partners working towards a common goal of improved health outcomes and equity. To use cross-sector funding to elevate that good work is a privilege. Together, we are developing a pioneering model of national significance, and I can’t wait to see the results.”
Lauren believes that money can be used to drive positive social change. As Director of the OnePierce Community Resiliency Fund, she works with funders from across sectors to invest resources in social determinants of health in Pierce County. Most recently at the nonprofit CDFI Corporation for Supportive Housing, Lauren understands the critical importance of housing, nutrition, education, and social supports to the health and well-being of a community. Her previous experience at Social Finance UK included the set up and implementation of some of the world’s first Social Impact Bonds, and she has brought these lessons to the United States in her work on Pay for Success financing.
While dedicated to solving the world’s largest social issues, Lauren also enjoys the smaller things in life, especially drinking tea. She is a Certified Tea Specialist with the World Tea Academy and a member of the US League of Tea Growers. She lives in Seattle with her husband, cat, and a rotation of foster dogs and critters from the Seattle Animal Shelter.
Lauren’s work is important to her because she wants to see improvements in social determinants of health at scale. The effective use of pooled funding and innovative financing will enable the nonprofit sector to tap into vast amounts of capital that can be used for good.