Managing Director of Communications and Network
Lauren Strayer is Managing Director for Communications and Network at the Democracy Fund, a bipartisan foundation working to ensure that our political system is able to withstand new challenges and deliver on its promise to the American people. She develops and manages the Fund’s efforts to expand the organization’s reach, networks, and influence.
Lauren joined the Democracy Fund in 2014, bringing ten years of experience to the team in communications, media, and advocacy. Most recently, Lauren was an independent consultant specializing in communications and strategy for non-profit and philanthropic enterprises. At various points in her career, her clients have included Inside Philanthropy, Hand in Hand, the Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt Institute, and Free Press among others. Previously, she was Associate Director of Communications at Demos, where she focused on media outreach, coalitions, and campaigns for a range of economic and democracy reform issues. She was also Associate Director for Institutional Giving for both Demos and The American Prospect magazine.
From 2004-2009, Lauren was the executive director of the New Democracy Project, where she was a co-editor of "Change For America: A Progressive Blueprint for the 44th President," which was published in collaboration with SourceBooks and the Center for American Progress. She is also co-author of "Defend Yourself! How to Protect Your Money, Your Health, and Your Rights in 10 Key Areas of Your Life" (Newmarket Press, 2006). She was associate producer of "7 Days in America with Mark Green and Arianna Huffington" at Air America Radio.
Lauren earned an MBA from Georgetown University and holds a B.A. in political science and economics from the University of Michigan.
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