As Coro’s Senior Director of Finance and Operations, Lauren supports the administrative and financial operations of the organization. Lauren brings a strategic lens to Coro’s finance and operations by identifying opportunities to enhance existing processes and systems. She has worked in the public sector for over 15 years, with a focus on financial and budget management. Her experience includes eight years as the Finance Director for the UCSF School of Dentistry. Other highlights of Lauren’s career include her role as Director of Finance and Operations for Marin Montessori School, Chief of Budget for the Department of Veterans Affairs in Los Angeles, and Management Analyst for the Department of Justice, Office of Planning, Budget and Evaluation in Washington D.C.
Lauren earned her Master’s in Public Policy from George Mason University and her Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Duke University. She is a graduate of Coro’s 2018 UC Women’s Initiative for Professional Development, Northern Cohort.
What inspires you to work in leadership development?
Throughout my career, I have always found purpose in promoting professional development opportunities for both myself and others. Through these professional development experiences, I’ve developed a level of personal growth that I believe has not only improved my abilities as a professional, but also as a friend, a mom, a wife, a sister, and more. I am so excited to support the Coro team in providing these opportunities for so many in our community.
What’s your favorite leadership quote?
“Humble inquiry is the fine art of drawing someone out, of asking questions to which you do not already know the answer, of building a relationship based on curiosity and interest in the other person.”
— Edgar Schein in Humble Inquiry: The Gentle Art of Asking Instead of Telling
Where are we most likely to find you when you’re not at work?
Running around with my husband and kids! We love exploring different parks, playgrounds, and museums.