Lauren brings over five years of fundraising experience from Washington, DC to the Collins Group. Through her passion for the arts and culture sector, Lauren has learned the value of building truly meaningful relationships with supporters and connecting them more deeply to an organization’s mission—the bedrock of fundraising.
Prior to joining Collins, Lauren was a member of the development teams at two celebrated American institutions: The Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History and The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. As the American History Museum’s Manager of Annual Giving, Lauren built relationships with dedicated members of the Smithsonian Council for American History, launched the Museum’s annual giving program, and assisted individual fundraising efforts in the midst of the Smithsonian’s current campaign—the largest in history for a cultural institution. In her role at the Kennedy Center, Lauren assisted in the management of the National Symphony Orchestra’s Board of Directors and aided in the planning and implementation of fundraising events, including the Season Opening Ball. Before joining the fundraising industry, Lauren spent two years as a Marketing Assistant in the marketing department at a commercial real estate firm in San Francisco, California.
- University of California, Davis, Bachelors of Arts in Art History and Sociology
Lauren volunteers as an Applications Counselor for City Dogs Rescue in Washington, DC. In this role, she processes foster and adoption applications to place animals in their forever homes. Lauren is a member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals, Northwest Washington chapter.
Being new to the Pacific Northwest, Lauren has wasted no time exploring Seattle as her new home. During the weekend, she can be found hiking, spending time in museums, visiting beaches (a must for this California native!), and eating all of the seafood Seattle has to offer.