Lauren Hansen joined Community Solutions as a Communications Associate in 2022. Her goal for the position is to highlight the human perspective on issues through storytelling, content creation, and visual representation. “All my life I’ve believed in the connectedness of us as human beings, and shared responsibility that we have as community members to treat strangers like neighbors, neighbors like friends, and friends like family,” she says.
Lauren got her Bachelor’s degree in journalism at Ball State University and spent her time in college working for various nonprofits such as Little Red Door Cancer Services of East Central Indiana in Muncie, The Facing Project: Facing Cancer in East Central Indiana, the Book Arts Collaborative, and Cornerstone Center for the Arts as a web designer, content creator and editor, and public relations specialist. At Ball State, she was a Louis E Ingelhart Scholar for Leadership in the Media, and a lead fundraiser for the Ball State University Foundation.
After graduating, Lauren went on to work in sales and marketing for Livenation Concerts until the COVID-19 large event shutdowns of 2020. Since then, you may have seen her working at HiFi, The Vogue, or your local coffeeshop until finding her home with Community Solutions.
Why are you passionate about what you do at CSI?
I have always loved writing and getting to know people through storytelling. Being in a communications position here at CSI is a perfect way to use that skill to help lift up communities and be a part of making change.
What inspires you?
My strong, kind, and creative friends. Art. A really good book.
If you could offer advice to a younger version of yourself, what would you say?
Continue to challenge yourself, face your fears, and don’t stress about the future. Enjoy the moment!