Lauren James earned her Bachelors of Arts in Psychology from William Paterson University, located in Paterson, New Jersey. As an undergraduate student, Lauren interned for the Department of Children and Families. Lauren moved to New Orleans in May of 2014 to pursue her Master in Social Work at Tulane University. While at Tulane, Lauren and her professional project group conducted a needs-assessment study for homeless library patrons. The study received a Spark Innovation Award from the Taylor Center, which provided seed money to start free resource referrals, constructed a computer class curriculum and housing education. Lauren worked as a Resident Assistant at the Covenant House New Orleans, while in graduate school. At the Covenant House, she advocated for and ensured the immediate needs of homeless residents’ between the ages of 16-22. In addition, Lauren interned for the Louisiana Center for Children’s Rights focusing on the juvenile justice system. Upon graduating from Tulane and earning her professional license, Lauren moved to Cuba to immerse herself in Cuban culture and social work. Upon her return to New Orleans, Lauren was hired at the Children’s Bureau of New Orleans as a Bilingual Clinical Social Worker. This opportunity enhanced Lauren’s clinical skills through her work with victims of trauma. After working as a clinical social worker, Lauren worked as a Juvenile Diversion Counselor in Jefferson Parish. Lauren had a great experience interning with LCCR; when she was offered a position as a Mitigation Specialist, she jumped at the opportunity. Lauren is active in the community and is a participant in grass roots initiatives that involve the betterment of youth, the environment and society.