Staff: Lauren Hirshon
Lauren Hirshon is the Director of Research and Consulting at the University of Pennsylvania’s Fels Institute of Government. Prior to joining Fels, she worked as a Senior Associate of Strategy and Innovation at the Philadelphia Workforce Investment Board. During her tenure there, she led a nationally-recognized campaign and initiative to advance adult workforce literacy, which produced compelling new data and reports (check out Help Wanted: Knowledge Workers Needed) and resulted in over $3 million in new investments. Ms. Hirshon was also responsible for directing the communications strategies of the non-profit, which translated into the greatest number of media clippings and press conferences ever experienced by the organization. Before joining the Philadelphia WIB, Ms. Hirshon managed a volunteer office for the John Kerry and John Edwards presidential campaign in Phoeniz, AZ and Albuquerque, NM and worked for several non-profits.
Ms. Hirshon received her Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology and French from Harvard University. She currently serves on the board for the Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce’s Young Professional Network and is the Recent Graduate Chair and a member of the board for the Harvard Alumni Club of Philadelphia. In 2008, Ms. Hirshon was identified as one of Philadelphia’s Emerging Connectors by Leadership Philadelphia and in April of 2010 she was selected to represent the Philadelphia Rotary Club in a Group Study Exchange to Greece. Outside of the office, Ms. Hirshon plays on four different touch football teams, and a basketball team.