Lauren Osga currently serves as the Director of Programs & Development at the World Affairs Council of Charlotte (WACC) where she is responsible for the planning and executing over 40 programs every year, including visits from ambassadors, diplomats, special interest experts, authors, and NGO and government officials. She also organizes and leads programming for The Magellan Society, the Young Professionals of WACC. Lauren grew up in San Diego, CA and attended a French immersion school for K-8 grade, which planted the seeds for her passion in diversity and cross-cultural experiences. She earned her B.A. in International Studies and French, with a minor in Religion from California Lutheran University. During her time at CLU, she had the privilege of participating in several travel courses, including Jamaica, Italy with the university choir, and studying abroad in Dakar, Senegal where she conducted in-depth ethnographic research. She completed a dual masters degree program in Social Work (MSW) and Theological Studies (MTS) at Boston University, with a focus on nonprofit development and program administration. During her time at BU, she participated in a travel seminar to Israel and Palestine to explore complexities of peace building, and one to Turkey to learn about the intersection of ancient archeology and modern Europe. In Boston, she worked in community organizing with Greater Boston Interfaith Organization (GBIO), successfully increasing civic engagement in her neighborhood while training youth to be local organizers through petitions and door-knocking campaigns. She also worked at DOVE, Inc., a small domestic violence resource agency, where she contributed to planning and development for two record-breaking fundraiser events.
Lauren has lived in Charlotte for three years with her husband, Evan and enjoys performing arts, live music, and the outdoors.