Lauren is a freelance journalist and nonprofit professional with more than seven years of experience in fundraising, event management and communications. She has worked as a major gifts officer, special events and communications manager, and social media coordinator at a wide variety of nonprofits throughout the Denver metro area. Lauren has been a regular contributor to Westword’s arts, music and food sections since 2013. She was a dual major at the University of Colorado at Boulder, earning both a B.S. in News Editorial and a B.A. in Spanish Language and Literature. She is bilingual in Spanish, and a member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals.