Lauren joined Gates Ventures, Bill Gates’s private office, in 2017, where she helped establish the office’s Advocacy and Government Relations team and presence in Washington, DC. After growing the Gates Ventures team and programs dedicated to climate and energy work, Lauren became Breakthrough Energy’s Chief of Staff in 2021.
In this role, she is responsible for overseeing organization-wide strategy, planning, and execution – working in close partnership with fellow members of Breakthrough Energy’s senior leadership team. Lauren leads in ensuring the Breakthrough Energy network is well coordinated, resourced, and supported by systems and ways of working that allow the team to succeed. She also plays a key role in developing and cultivating organizational leadership and culture.
Prior to joining Breakthrough Energy and Gates Ventures, Lauren worked in roles focused on public affairs, private investment research, and immigrant legal advocacy.
Lauren holds a B.A. in Political Science from Williams College. She lives in Washington, DC, where she volunteers as an English teacher working with immigrants in the DC community. She loves spending time with family, car trips, and anything that involves basketball.