Volunteer & Outreach Manager


Lauren is the CEO of all things volunteer, including recruiting, training and managing our network of volunteers. Originally from Minnesota, Lauren competed in debate and speech in high school. It was there she discovered her passion for the activity and the skills a debate education can bring. She is excited to be able to turn this passion into a career with Chicago Debates, and help foster a sense of community among our volunteers. Debate cannot happen without judges; Lauren’s goal is to make sure all volunteers are comfortable and prepared for tournaments.

While in high school, Lauren competed at the Minnesota State tournament in Public Forum and Lincoln Douglas debate. She also qualified to NSDA nationals in Lincoln Douglas debate, and finished in Semifinals for Congressional debate. Prior to joining Chicago Debates, Lauren remained connected to the community through judging and coaching with New Trier High School.

Lauren attended Ripon College in Wisconsin as a first-generation college student. She graduated with a B.A. in Communication and Politics, joining both the Political Science and Communication honor societies. Attending a small campus meant Lauren could dig in and really make an impact on campus. Interested in community outreach, Lauren was responsible for programming several campus-wide events including bringing in her favorite podcast, Pantsuit Politics, for a live show.

In addition to her involvement with Chicago Debates Lauren currently serves as a class agent for her college, speaker coach with TEDx Fond Du Lac, and member of her neighborhood association board. In her free time Lauren enjoys playing tennis, listening to podcasts, hiking, growing her mug collection, compulsively organizing her closet, and tracking down coffee shops to find the best chai latte in Chicago.