Lauren is a spacecraft & launch vehicle systems engineer, corporate operations consultant, startup advisor, and science communicator. Most recently she served as the Chief Operating Officer of Firefly Aerospace, and before that, held senior engineering leadership positions on Blue Origin's lunar lander and Orbital Reef programs. Prior to Blue, she was a senior engineer at SpaceX where she worked on the development and certification of Crew Dragon; launch of the Starlink internet product and service; mission assurance for Falcon 9 and Dragon; and mission management for Falcon 9 missions. She also co-hosted the launch webcasts, including the Falcon Heavy Demo, Demo 2 mission, and the Emmy Award-winning Demo 1.
Lauren currently serves as an advisor for multiple space and climate technology startups, and as a mentor for the Patti Grace Smith Fellowship, Creative Destruction Lab space stream, and the Starburst / UCLA SCALE Accelerator. Additionally, she has been featured in a variety of media and speaking engagements from SXSW to Netflix to TechCrunch.
Lauren received a bachelor's degree from Princeton University in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering with certificates in Engineering Biology and Robotics & Intelligent Systems. She earned a master's degree in Business & Government Policy from the Harvard John F. Kennedy School of Government.