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Lauren Paul

Associate Director & Senior Grant Writer
Hometown: Atlanta, GA

Lauren has a passion for promoting access to mental health services in the United States and abroad. Prior to joining Elevate, she worked as a Graduate Assistant for the Carter Center’s Mental Health Program where she assisted with writing grants for their programs in Liberia and Haiti. She was also an intern with Georgia State Representative Shelly Hutchinson where she conducted research and wrote policy briefs related to improving access to health services, immigrant rights, and criminal justice reform. While Lauren has worked across multiple areas of nonprofit management, including direct service delivery and monitoring and evaluation, the work she has enjoyed the most has been helping organizations execute their development strategies.

Lauren graduated from the University of Georgia with a Master of Social Work and a certificate in Nonprofit Management and Leadership. She also has a BS in Human and Organizational Development from Vanderbilt University.

In her free time, Lauren loves doing anything outdoors! In particular, she enjoys hiking, horseback riding, and playing ultimate frisbee.

What is your hidden talent?

I'm very good at spatial reasoning. If you need someone to help you pack a car or decide which Tupperware your leftovers should go in, I'm your go-to!

What punctuation mark would you be and why?

I would be an exclamation mark because I am generally an optimistic and energetic person. This is also why I tend to overuse them!

What is your favorite way to spend a Sunday afternoon?

My favorite way to spend a Sunday is to go on a run in a park and then play board games with my husband while trying to prevent our cat from knocking everything over!

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