Lauren Bankert began her career in communications and public affairs with the City of Jacksonville, where she served as a public information officer working on strategic communication projects including press releases, speeches, opinion editorials, and social media and web content for the consolidated government of Florida’s largest city. She also helped locally implement communications projects with national partners, including the U.S. Conference of Mayors, the National League of Cities, and America’s Promise Alliance. Later, as communications coordinator for the Clay County School District, she managed internal and external communications projects for a school district of 4,000 employees and 35,000 students.
She most recently led communications efforts for the Northeast Florida Regional STEM2 Hub, an effort by 15 companies headquartered in Jacksonville to improve the accessibility and quality of science, technology, engineering and math education across the seven counties served by the region’s economic development initiative, the JAXUSA Partnership.
Lauren graduated in 2010 from Florida State University with a degree in political science. After graduation, she taught English in South Korea for two years. Lauren is a member of the Florida Public Relations Association and the Junior League of Tallahassee.