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Lauren Pabst

Program Officer

Lauren works on the nonprofit journalism, documentary film, and special initiatives funding portfolios, and also works with the Foundation’s Migration program.

Prior to joining the Foundation in November 2011, Lauren worked as a Researcher and Projects Manager at the Rada Film Group on the 13-year documentary American Promise about race, parenting, and education, which received a Special Jury Prize at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival and was broadcast on PBS' POV in 2014. Previously, Lauren worked as a New Media Assistant at the National Black Programming Consortium (Black Public Media), and a Production Assistant at Public Policy Productions on Critical Condition (PBS POV 2008), a documentary about the crisis of the uninsured. She is a board member of Latinos Progresando, the largest Latino-led, low-cost, family based legal immigration services provider in Illinois, and a member of the Latino Giving Circle.

Lauren graduated Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelors of Arts in English from Boston University.

Lauren Pabst works on the following MacArthur programs and projects:


Strengthening American Democracy