Lauren King

Lauren King

New Orleans Workforce Leadership Academy, Class of 2019, Economic Opportunities Program

Director of Workforce Programs, Greater New Orleans Foundation, New Orleans, Louisiana

Lauren King has spent two decades linking adults and youth to resources and opportunities that enable them to move from their present reality to one which they desire to ascend. A native New Orleanian, she is the Director of Workforce Programs with the Greater New Orleans Foundation (GNOF) where she works to cultivate new opportunities for GNOF in the workforce development space. In her previous role as Director of Community and Economic Development with Delgado Community College, Lauren managed and implemented workforce programs that provided training and industry-based credentials for over 1,000 students in the industry sectors of Advanced Manufacturing, Energy and Construction. Lauren has worked extensively with academic programs in an effort to align workforce (non-credit) trainings to programs that provide credit toward associate degrees. This alignment to academic training has afforded students the opportunity to lessen the time and funding required for degree attainment.

Lauren is a two-time graduate of Xavier University of Louisiana holding a Bachelor’s of Arts Degree in Mass Communications and a Master’s of Arts Degree in Education-Curriculum and Design. She currently resides in New Orleans, LA with her husband and one of their four children.

Lauren King is a member of the New Orleans Workforce Leadership Academy, Class of 2019, one of several Workforce Leadership Academies in localities across North America.

The Workforce Leadership Academies are part of the Economic Opportunity Fellows Network, a network of leadership and fellowship programs run by the Aspen Institute Economic Opportunities Program. Within this Network, EOP connects national and local leaders from across sectors — nonprofit, government, business, philanthropy, academia, and more — to advance policies and practices with the potential to help low- and moderate-income Americans thrive in today’s economy. Learn more at

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