While studying for her Masters in Community Development at the University of Detroit Mercy, Lauren developed a passion for creating engagement strategies, recognizing that longtime residents, like her, are often left out of the redevelopment process. She develops programming and facilitates dialogues around race and equity issues for her LLC, Deep Dive Detroit where “difficult” conversations are at the core of every interaction. Clients have included/include the Challenge Detroit Fellowship Program, The Skillman Foundation, The Detroit Equity Action Lab at The Damon J. Keith Center for Civil Rights and others. Recognizing Detroit’s rapidly changing cultural landscape, she has also become active in the preservation arena. She serves as a mayoral appointee to the Historic District Commission and on the Board of Directors for Preservation Detroit.