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Lauren Brownlee is FCNL’s deputy general secretary and the leader of the organization’s Governance, Community and Culture team. In this role, she serves as staff clerk and partners with the general secretary on organizational leadership. She offers strategic guidance around FCNL living into its values, particularly as they relate to its Quaker identity and its anti-racism, anti-bias, justice, diversity, equity, and inclusion commitments. She also offers strategic support to FCNL’s human resources and Friends Place on Capitol Hill.

Lauren joined the FCNL staff after serving on FCNL’s General Committee beginning in 2017 and its Executive Committee from 2019-2022. She is a member of the Bethesda Friends Meeting, the Baltimore Yearly Meeting, and the DC Peace Team. She currently co-clerks the Quaker Coalition for Uprooting Racism’s Steering Committee and serves on the American Friends Service Committee’s Corporation and Community, Equity, and Culture Board Committee and the Sandy Spring Friends School Board. 

Lauren earned her B.A. in Classical Civilization and Greek from Wellesley College and her M.A. in Global, International, and Comparative History from Georgetown University. She is also a graduate of the Friends Council on Education’s Institute for Engaging Leadership in Friends Schools. Lauren is an alumna of Sidwell Friends School and served there after college as assistant director of auxiliary programs and as a history teacher. Before coming to FCNL, Lauren was the upper school head at Carolina Friends School and, before that, the director of social action at Stone Ridge School of the Sacred Heart.

Lauren tries to finish a book every week and tries to run a marathon every few years.

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