Staff

Lauren Cook

Director of Strategic Alignment

Lauren has worked with Raise Your Hand since 2012 in the areas of policy, advocacy, marketing, and storytelling. In her current role, Lauren works to align the organization’s mission and departmental goals with strategies for research initiatives, content campaigns, and cross-departmental projects. To remain grounded in the work, Lauren connects with educators and students by supporting the storytelling team on strategies for content ideation, creation, and promotion.  

Prior to working with Raise Your Hand, Lauren served as Director of Communications for a school finance advocacy organization and Legislative Aide in the Texas Senate. Lauren is a two-time graduate of the University of Texas at Austin with a bachelor’s degree in English and a master’s in Spanish. She has called Austin home for more than twenty years and particularly values her children’s neighborhood public schools, bringing people together around her front-yard picnic table, and breakfast tacos.

Pay attention. Be astonished. Tell about it. - Mary Oliver
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