Lauren has led Esri’s public policy practice since June 2015 with the intention of supporting data-driven policy making in government. Prior to joining Esri, Lauren served as a top advisor for economic affairs at the U.S. Department of Commerce where she worked with a team of fellow open data enthusiasts to create the department’s first data strategic plan and establish the Commerce Data Advisory Council. Lauren holds degrees in economics, Spanish, and public policy from DePaul University, and has published on the topics of economics, government data, and innovation. Lauren has nearly 10 years of experience working in government, NGOs, and politics. Follow Lauren at @LaurenLipovic.