Lauren describes herself as a “realistic optimist.” We like that title because it perfectly describes her as a project manager: feet on the ground, but with a brain full of wit, creativity, and spirit. A Central Coaster at heart, Lauren studied Graphic Communication (a hybrid major that focuses on graphic design, print, and management) at Cal Poly in San Luis Obispo. She made her way to SF where she worked for creative production agency XYZ, managing teams and large photo retouching projects for brands like Levi’s. As part of a team, Lauren thrives; collaborating and improving processes and communication are the things that get her up in the morning. That, and the daybreak run she has convinced herself to enjoy. Also, she swears by her Cuisinart® Hot Air Popcorn Maker. So much so that she might start a petition to get one for the office.