Lauren was born and raised hiking and halibut fishing in south-central Alaska. She graduated from the University of Alaska Anchorage in 2014 with her BA in Languages. Since then, she has worked abroad primarily in Puerto Rico, Cuba, and Ecuador. She currently works as an instructor of Spanish in the Modern Languages Department at Montana State University. Aside from her love of language, she is also an active member of the Gallatin Valley Friends of Cuba which works to normalize Cuba-U.S. relations, educate about the realities of Cuba, and promote open travel between the two countries by minimizing legal restrictions, namely the U.S.-established trade embargo. She has both attended and led delegations to Cuba focused on Women’s Health and Human Rights, Sustainability, and Community Development.
Additionally, Lauren strives to champion global feminism through grass roots movements. She is a fierce advocate for human rights and serves as a co-leader of Bozeman for CEDAW, a local campaign working to promote comprehensive gender equity in the community. Most recently, she worked as an organizer for Planned Parenthood Advocates of Montana during the 2018 midterm election on an initiative to protect Medicaid coverage for nearly 100,000 Montanans. In the hopes of combining her passions for advocacy and language, Lauren aspires to continue to develop as a leader and advocate for sexual health education and reproductive justice in the Americas.