Lauren joined McGuireWoods Consulting in January 2016 and is a vice president in the Georgia state government relations group. She assists clients with multi-state policy monitoring and research projects. Lauren is also an attorney and works with the McGuireWoods LLP Education Law team, with a special concentration in charter schools and education funding.
Prior to joining McGuireWoods Consulting, Lauren served as a policy analyst with the Council of State Governments’ Southern Legislative Conference (SLC) where she developed and executed activities of the SLC Agriculture and Health and Human Services committees, including coordinating annual meeting activities, publishing extensive research papers on emerging regional trends, and leading legislative delegations to spotlight innovative programs throughout the region. Additionally, she oversaw the organization’s CLE programs and provided research assistance to elected officials in 15 southern states.
She has also worked with the Georgia General Assembly drafting legislation in the Office of Legislative Counsel and as an analyst in the Senate Budget and Evaluation Office and Senate Research Office. As a program analyst in the Senate Budget and Evaluation Office, she worked with Appropriations subcommittees, including Criminal Justice, Public Safety, Natural Resources, and Agriculture to develop comprehensive budget recommendations for 13 state agencies with combined budgets of more than $1 billion in public funding.
As a senior policy analyst in the Senate Research Office, she provided non-partisan policy research, legislative tracking, and support to members and standing committees of the Georgia State Senate, including Education and Retirement. Lauren worked with policymakers on an array of legislative issues, including charter schools, school improvement, accountability, and flexibility. While in the Senate Research Office, she served as lead staff for the Support Services subcommittee of the State Education Finance Commission, working closely with members of the Commission to develop recommendations, which were later enacted by the General Assembly, to enhance Georgia’s K-12 funding formula.
Lauren is a member of the Junior League of Atlanta, Lawyer’s Club of Atlanta, and the 2019 Class of the Zell Miller Foundation Leadership Institute. She earned a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from the University of Georgia and Juris Doctorate from the University of Mississippi.