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Lauren Marlar

External Affairs Specialist, Programs & Development

In her role as an External Affairs Specialist, Lauren manages stewardship of a portfolio of Lwala's partnerships with foundations and impact investors, and she is responsible for refining our grants management systems. She is from Shreveport, Louisiana and holds a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Centenary College of Louisiana and a Masters of Education in Community Development & Action from Vanderbilt University, with a certificate in Latin American studies. Lauren offers over 10 years of nonprofit experience. Prior to joining Lwala, she worked in Haiti with Kore Timoun, a maternal and child nutrition organization, building out their monitoring & evaluation system. She also worked with the Tennessee Immigrant and Refugee Rights Coalition supporting the policy & advocacy team on local and state campaigns. Lauren began her journey with Lwala as a master’s student at Vanderbilt. After working with Lwala on a student project, she joined the organisation as a summer intern, and she then was hired as the US Executive Assistant/Office Manager. A year later she was promoted to Development Officer.


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