Lauren McKown

New Partnerships & Initiatives Officer


Lauren McKown is D-Lab’s New Initiatives and Partnerships Officer, working closely with D-Lab leadership and staff to build partnerships across and outside of MIT as well as to design and resource programs across D-Lab’s three pillars — Education, Research, and Innovation Practice.

Previously, Lauren designed and implemented communications strategies for two USAID-funded programs at MIT — the D-Lab-based International Development Innovation Network and the Comprehensive Initiative on Technology Evaluation.

Before her time at MIT, Lauren created communications and fundraising campaigns for Pathfinder International, designed and connected online communities of entrepreneurs for Michigan State University’s Center for Regional Economic Innovation, and managed and edited a daily newspaper.