WHY I'M RUNNING
I grew up in Okarche, a small town just 30 minutes northwest of Oklahoma City. Growing up, I frequented local businesses where I knew the owners and went to the local swimming pool next to our town park almost daily in the summer. I watched my father farm and care for the land and environment. The aspects of my community that made me who I am today are having access to affordable social activities, knowing and caring for your neighbors and the land, and having businesses that were a part of and gave back to their local community.
After attending college at the University of Oklahoma, I joined Teach for America- a program that works toward the day that all students have the opportunity to receive an excellent education. I taught in Phoenix, Arizona and am thankful for the experiences I had there. I later served as an Academic Interventionist in Oklahoma, working at Linwood Elementary. I obtained a Master’s Degree in International Education from New York University in 2011 and have also lived in Costa Rica, Italy, and Istanbul, Turkey-always studying or working in the field of education. Through my life experiences and seeing more of the world, I realized a lot of inequalities exist and not everyone has had the same privileges and opportunities that I have had.
In 2014, I moved back to Oklahoma from Turkey to take on a staff role at Teach for America-Oklahoma City, where I still work to develop teachers and leaders through networking, professional development, and community cultivation. I currently live in Ward 8 with my husband and 17 month old daughter. I enjoy supporting the Oklahoma Women’s Coalition and serve on the Professional Development Board for the Young Non-Profit Professionals Network. This year, I’ve worked hard to launch Community Action Committees for Education, bringing together almost 100 teachers and 50 community partners to work toward equity in education for Oklahoma students.
Creating a community that we all can be proud of and afford to live in requires all of our voices, commitment and action. I look forward to talking with you soon about what matters to you in our community and respectfully ask for your vote on February 12th, 2019.
Connecting Our Community
As a city council member for Ward 8, Lauren will advocate for more parks, affordable family leisure activities, and community events that help residents connect to each other. She will also work for more sidewalks, easier public transportation, and more walking trails and bike paths to increase connection throughout our ward and city.
Local and Sustainable Business
Lauren will encourage businesses that are involved in and give back to their local community, and advocate for business and development practices that maintain the aesthetic and physical environment. Lauren is committed to representing Ward 8 on the city council to ensure this part of Oklahoma City gets the resources and attention it deserves.
We all want to raise our children in a city where they can thrive. Neighborhood development should benefit every individual, regardless of background or identity. Through her experiences teaching and leading in diverse communities, Lauren has developed a strong eye for equity and an unwavering commitment to policies and practices that don’t unduly benefit already powerful people or groups.
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