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Staff Profile

Lauren Pabst

Program Officer

Lauren works on the Foundation’s nonprofit journalism portfolio, one of the largest media programs in philanthropy, providing support to the foremost nonprofit investigative reporting and public interest journalism institutions in the U.S. Lauren manages the Foundation’s highly competitive independent documentary production fund, which supports films and interactive documentaries that explore urgent social issues. She has worked on the Foundation’s Special Initiative on Strengthening American Democracy, and contributed her media expertise to a number of cross-Foundation collaborations, including Migration and Criminal Justice.

Prior to joining the Foundation, Lauren worked as a Project Manager and Researcher for 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 the PBS series 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.

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

She serves on the board of Latinos Progresando, the largest Latino-led, low-cost, family based legal immigration services provider in Illinois, and is a member of the Latino Giving Circle, a funding initiative of the Chicago Community Trust.

Lauren Pabst works on the following MacArthur programs and projects:

Journalism & Media

Strengthening American Democracy