Lauren is Vice Chair of the Board of Directors and President of the Foundation. In addition to her leadership of the S. D. Bechtel, Jr. Foundation and Stephen Bechtel Fund, Lauren serves on the Boards of the Land Trust Alliance, the California STEM Learning Network, and the California Conservation Fund. She is also a member of the Advisory Council to Stanford University’s Woods Institute for the Environment, and she served on the Stanford Board of Trustees from 2006–2011.
Lauren has been an advisor or board member for many environment, education, and health organizations, including the Nature Conservancy of California, the Worldwide Nature Conservancy Trustee Council, Children’s Hospital and Research Center in Oakland, Head Royce School, the Thacher School, Lawrence Hall of Science, and the Center for Underrepresented Students in the College of Engineering at the University of California, Berkeley. She is also a founder of The Lake School, a nonprofit preschool located in Oakland. Lauren graduated from Stanford University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology, and she is a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.