Lauren grew up the woods of northern Michigan and graduated from the University of Michigan in 2011 with an environmental degree. After graduation, she worked as a Teacher Assistant at the Greenspire School, a middle school focused on project-based learning and the environment. During the past three summers she was an Interpretive Park Ranger at the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, where she particularly enjoyed working with school groups and Junior Rangers. She is passionate about the environment and loves being outdoors. Some of her favorite activities are backpacking, skiing, traveling, photography, cooking and running.