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Lauren Apollaro



Lauren joined CEA as a Research Associate in 2022. She works across several environmental issue areas, with a particular focus on climate. She supports clients like The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, Environmental Defense Fund, and ClimateWorks Foundation through research and analysis of strategic priorities. Lauren’s interests include land use and conservation, ocean-based climate solutions, and community adaptation and resilience.

Before joining CEA, Lauren worked with the Alliance for a Sustainable Amazon (ASA) in Madre de Dios, Peru. At ASA, she assisted in data collection for long-term field projects in biological monitoring and sustainable tropical agriculture and completed an independent report on ecological impacts and cultural perspectives related to Brazil nut harvesting in the region. Additionally, in partnership with the Red Hook Initiative, she served as a lead in literature review and community outreach for a Columbia University capstone project on community health impacts of public flood resilience infrastructure projects in Red Hook, Brooklyn.

Lauren earned a BA in sustainable development in 2022 from Columbia University, where she received departmental honors for her thesis on the inclusion of local farmer knowledge in index insurance design in rural Guatemala.