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Lauren Marlar

External Affairs Specialist, Programs & Development
In her role as Development Officer, 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.  She walked into the Lwala office seeking collaboration on a student project for a global health class and never left.  During this first collaboration, Lauren fell in love with the Community Health Worker model, continued on with Lwala as a summer intern, and she then was hired to join the team as the US Executive Assistant / Office Manager.  A year later she was promoted to Development Officer.  Lauren’s work and passion for women’s health and systems change are in honour of her mother and grandmother.

Agency, health, and wholeness of life.

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