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 as Delgado’s TAACCCT Round 4: Scale-up Southeast Louisiana Program that provided training and industry-based credentials for over 1,000 students in the areas of Advanced Manufacturing and Energy, the Pathways to Construction Initiative, and played an integral role in the launching of two new 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 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 needed to obtain a degree.
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.