Lauren started at Aid to Artisans in 2006 working on its’ signature Market Readiness Program in New York and then managing programs in sub-Saharan Africa. She re-joined the organization in early 2018 after working with the Africa Craft Trust in Johannesburg, South Africa for nearly 9 years. Lauren’s experience lies in designing and running participant centered and practical business skills workshops for rural and urban artisans, entrepreneurs, and exporters.
Lauren has worked directly with hundreds of artisans and entrepreneurs in South Africa, Lesotho, Mozambique, Zimbabwe, Senegal, Ethiopia and Tunisia through training and facilitation, mentoring in the field, one-on-one coaching, trade show support, marketing missions, costing and pricing guidance and product development for local and export markets in a variety of mediums. Lauren cares deeply about facilitating responsive, community driven development.
Lauren holds a BA in Anthropology from the University of Virginia and has traveled extensively in Africa, Southeast Asia, and Europe.