Based on the island of Maui, Lauren serves as the Hawaii Regional Manager and supports the state's five chapters spread across four islands. An ocean addict from a young age, Lauren first got involved with the Surfrider Foundation in college while leading the University of Miami Club Chapter. It was through her involvement with Surfrider Foundation that her interest in marine sciences switched from data gathering and lab work to front-line, ocean activism. Her experiences led her to California where she received her Masters Degree in Environmental Science and Management. Lauren has spent over a decade working to protect Hawaii's marine environment and volunteering with the Maui Chapter. She is passionate about tackling plastic pollution, speaking up for the ocean, and surfing perfect lefts.