Lauren joined womenwinning in January of 2012. Under her leadership the organization has transformed into one of the state’s leading political entities, developing a one-of-a-kind candidate recruitment and development program. In 2014, she was included in the prestigious ’40 Under 40′ top rising professional stars in business and community leadership awarded by the ‘Minneapolis/St.Paul Business Journal.’As one of Minnesota’s most successful political fundraisers, Lauren came to womenwinning from her position as Minnesota Finance Director to United States Senator Al Franken. Prior to that, she raised nearly $5 million for womenwinning-endorsed candidate Tarryl Clark’s congressional campaign in 2010 – placing her among the top Democratic challengers nationwide for the election cycle. Lauren began her political career working as Deputy Finance Director on Senator Franken’s 2008 campaign and also worked on Mayor Chris Coleman’s 2009 campaign. A Saint Paul native, Lauren attended Cretin-Derham Hall High School and graduated from the University of Saint Thomas. Lauren brings an extensive background in Minnesota politics and fundraising to this position.