We are delighted to announce that our colleague Lauren Fogel is now Vice President of Program at One Degree!
Lauren has been with us since 2017 as our Senior Product Manager, leading our product development and advancing our technology to empower tens of thousands of low-income families. As of last month, she is now overseeing our entire programmatic team, which includes product development and also resource database management, marketing, community outreach, member support, partnerships and all the other work we do to serve our community.
Over the last seven years, One Degree has grown from the seed of an idea to a robust program, serving over 500,000 people across California and beyond. (Read more about the stories and numbers behind our impact.) Unlike traditional for-profit tech companies, we operate on a tight budget, with a diverse and mission-driven team where everyone wears a lot of hats. I have been extremely fortunate to have had the opportunity to lead the program team for over six years, and I’m proud of what we’ve accomplished together. It’s now time to expand the executive team to help us scale our impact.
I could not be more excited to see Lauren stepping up and continuing this work, bringing with her new ideas, a fresh perspective, deep leadership experience, and a wonderful sense of humor (always needed in the nonprofit world!). Previous to joining One Degree, Lauren held product development leadership positions for over 20 years at Pearson, a major global education technology company, where she led the development of products in higher education STEM disciplines that are in use by millions of students around the world. Lauren is an exceptional person who is deeply committed to serving our community.
With this leadership transition, I’ll still be here at One Degree, continuing in the role I took on last year as Chief Operating Officer. My work focuses on further developing our internal infrastructure and supporting our growth, while continuing to partner with One Degree’s CEO Rey Faustino to ensure the sustainability of the organization for years to come.
Congratulations to Lauren! I look forward to seeing her continue to make a major impact on our community in this new role.
Chief Operating Officer
(Photo credit Compass Family Services.)