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Lauren Manning

MPP '20

Lauren Manning is deeply motivated by the power of a story to change how people think and act. She pursued a double major at Northwestern University in journalism and sociology as well as a civic engagement certificate with a focus on community development and education. During this experience, she focused on a range of projects from service learning and leadership-focused curriculum development for high schoolers, grassroots economic justice campaigns, and documentary film production. She also spent a quarter as an editorial intern for a local newspaper in Cape Town, South Africa,.

Manning’s first exposure to the refugee crises and forced migration was during two reporting trips as an undergraduate student—one to Malawi and the other to Jordan. These experiences were particularly influential in defining her career path, as she sought to understand the impact of trauma and the importance of responsible storytelling and collective action. Following this, she spent a year in northern Uganda as a Princeton in Africa Fellow, a fellowship program dedicated to investing in young leaders committed to the development and advancement of Africa. In Uganda, Manning focused on digital and strategic communications, capacity building, and coordination for education, livelihood, and reintegration programming in post-conflict communities.

At The Pearson Institute and Harris Public Policy, Manning has continued her work with Girl Rising, project managing a youth development pilot program in Thailand and Pakistan. She has volunteered with a local violence prevention organization, serves as a mentor with the Fried Public Policy and Service Mentorship Program, and is a senior editor for International Affairs for Chicago Policy Review. She spent summer 2019 as a short-term consultant with the World Bank's Mind, Behavior, and Development unit. Her work focused on global applications of behavioral science and thematic areas such as reducing gender-based violence, improving women's access to employment, and reducing malnutrition.

Baidoa, Somalia

Makeshift, temporary shelter made of plastic and clothing at a refugee center in Baidoa, Somalia.