Lauren N. King has spent two decades linking adults and youth to resources and opportunities that enable them to move from their current reality to one which they desire to ascend. She is the Director for Workforce Programs with the Greater New Orleans Foundation (GNOF) where she works to cultivate new opportunities for GNOF in the workforce development space. Under her current portfolio, she leads the New Orleans Workforce Innovations (NOWI) Program which offers post-hire support services to some of the state’s largest employment sectors. Additionally, Lauren staffs the New Orleans Funder’s Collaborative, NOW, which has successfully influenced workforce policies within the region. In her previous role as Director of Community and Economic Development with Delgado Community College, Lauren managed and implemented workforce programs and played an integral role in the launching of two major programs for the College- the Certified Line Worker Training Program and the Cisco Certified Networking Associates Program. Under her leadership, Delgado obtained the designation of Cisco Networking Academy and is a provider of the Water Environmental Federation (WEF) National Green Infrastructure Certification program. Lauren continues to work extensively with training providers in an effort to align workforce trainings to programs that provide credit toward associate and bachelor degrees.
A native New Orleanian, 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 with her husband and children.