As our work continues to grow, our Cincinnati Preschool Promise team is gaining one more member. We are excited to welcome Lauren Renée Moore as our new teammate. She will serve as our program and policy manager!

Lauren brings diverse experience and unique perspective to our team and to this work. She has experience working in higher education, the private sector and the nonprofit sector. Through this position, Lauren will work to develop policy insights from our practice and work, as well as coordinate and collaborate with key stakeholders. As we welcome her to our team, here are some interesting facts about Lauren and her experience.

1. Lauren comes to Cincinnati by way of North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia, Kansas and Kentucky. She has lived in Cincinnati for over a year and says it is the first place she has ever wanted to stay for good.

2. When considering a move to Cincinnati, Lauren was excited about the forward-thinking initiatives in the city. Specifically: Cincinnati Preschool Promise. She started learning about Issue 44 and was struck by the movement and community support. Now, she brags to non-Cincinnati friends about Cincinnati Preschool Promise as one of the city’s best features.

3. Lauren has a Master’s Degree in Anthropology, which gives her unique perspective on social issues. Her specific areas of expertise are inequalities in the U.S., education in the U.S., and food systems.

4. While teaching at the college level, Lauren saw clear differences based on students’ educational backgrounds. As a result, Lauren’s passion developed for promoting equity in the U.S. education system from the earliest learning years.

5. Recently, Lauren spent time on a solo trip to Minnesota and Wisconsin to visit Lake Superior, which was the last on her Great Lakes bucket list. She has now visited each of the 5 Great Lakes. Lake Superior is her favorite.

Throughout the past year, Lauren served as Executive Director for Queen City Kitchen, Cincinnati’s oldest community kitchen and pantry. She led the organization through a complete revitalization and has helped set new direction.

In the Program and Policy Manager position, Lauren will be responsible for developing policy insights from Cincinnati Preschool Promise practice and research work, and coordinating policy engagement and communications with key stakeholders. She will develop and maintain policy position papers on key strategic objectives, including the competitive wage work. She will also serve as liaison to the Cincinnati Public Schools Workforce Development Group and Cincinnati Early Childhood Education Community Stakeholders group.

Please join us in welcoming Lauren to the team!