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Lauren Barnum

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Lauren graduated from the University of California, Santa Barbara with a B.A. in Environmental Studies in 2014. She returns to UCSB with eight years of work experience in the nonprofit sector, with a focus on water resources management at the intersection of climate change and public health. For six years she was the Director of Partnerships at Tuolumne River Trust, a 501(c)(3) accelerating climate resilience in California through water policy, forest and river management, and coalition-building. She led fund development and program strategy, and managed hundreds of diverse stakeholder relationships.

While on the San Francisco Green Film Festival board, she experienced the power of film as a medium for storytelling and inspiring activism. After seeing a documentary about the apparel industry’s impact on water quality in India and visiting the country in 2018, she decided to pivot her career into the private sector to help solve environmental problems created by globalized industries.

At Bren, Lauren specializes in Corporate Environmental Management with a focus on Innovation. She is interested in developing compelling value propositions that drive private investment in scalable resource management projects and technologies. She is committed to moving resources into communities most affected by environmental injustices.

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