Research and Development Officer
Lauren Hershey has worked in development, both domestically and internationally, for non-profits and NGOs as well as in consulting – with private and public sector clients. She holds a master’s degree from University College London (UCL) in Development Administration and Planning (MSc) with an emphasis on water and sanitation and sustainable infrastructure in the Global South and bachelor’s degrees in Spanish (BA) and Journalism (ABJ).
Lauren served in Mali in the United States Peace Corps between 2011 and 2012 following the completion of her bachelor’s degrees from The University of Georgia. There, she worked with rural communities in health education, specifically pertaining to improved nutrition, family planning, reproductive health, and WASH (water, sanitation, and hygiene). It was there that she developed a passion for the promotion and adoption of food, water, and agricultural sustainability and its education both domestically and abroad. Since, she’s worked for The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, World Vision International’s Food Assistance team, FEMA’s Individual and Community Preparedness Division (ICPD), and CARE USA’s Competitive Bids Unit.
Lauren’s background in business development includes corporate sponsorship, individual giving, state and federal contracting, and partnerships. She enjoys working on proposals, especially during the revision stages and touts public speaking as a strong suit due to her background in fundraising with The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.
Lauren speaks Spanish and Bambara (Mali) and is pursuing fluency in French through evening classroom study.