Lauren is a US Naval Academy graduate who served two deployments as part of Operations Iraqi and Enduring Freedom. When she completed her military service, she returned to Stark County, Ohio. She earned a Master's degree in Rehabilitation Counseling and worked for eleven years in social services, advocating for marginalized people in her community. Following the 2016 election, she helped found a local activism group. She is running for office now as a continuation of her work both in activism and public service; she wants to amplify the voices of people who are often ignored.