Lauren Tripolitis is a Program Manager at CIEE: Council on International Educational Exchange, a nonprofit study abroad and intercultural exchange organization committed to humanizing international relations. At CIEE Lauren has had the opportunity to use her fluent Spanish language skills to present to large groups in the U.S. and abroad and assist participants in crisis situations in their native language. Also at CIEE, Lauren co-developed sexual assault and abuse prevention training for international high school participants. In her current role, Lauren works with U.S. university faculty and staff to develop short-term academic programs in Asia, which is where Lauren studied abroad as an undergraduate.
Outside of work, Lauren has volunteered with Portland Adult Education and currently regularly volunteers with intake at ILAP: Immigrant Legal Advocacy Project, Maine's only state-wide immigration legal services organization. She is the lead female singer and keyboard player in the CIEE House Band and active in several Portland, Maine running and social groups.
Prior to joining CIEE and moving to Portland, Lauren worked in Development at several arts organizations and as Spanish faculty at a private school in the greater Philadelphia area, where she hails from. While in Philly, Lauren volunteered regularly as an educator at Puentes de Salud (Bridges to Health), a nonprofit organization that promotes the health and wellness of Philadelphia's rapidly growing Latinx immigrant population. Prior to those positions, Lauren received a grant from the Spanish Ministry of Education to serve as Cultural Ambassador and English Instructor in Spain, where she lived for 3 years, taught in 4 schools, and earned a master's degree.
Lauren is a former NYC-based actor, singer, and voice over artist who has worked at the Metropolitan Opera and the Guggenheim Museum. She holds a B.A. cum laude in Philosophy from Boston College and an M.A. in Teaching Spanish from the University of Alcalá (Spain).