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Lauren Apollaro

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Lauren joined CEA as a Research Associate in 2022. She supports clients like The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, Environmental Defense Fund, and Climate Breakthrough in research and analysis as well as implementation of staffing strategy. Lauren’s interests include environmental issues of land use and conservation, climate change, 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 also completed an independent report on the ecological impacts and cultural perspectives of 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 capstone project on community health impacts of public flood resilience infrastructure projects in Red Hook, Brooklyn.

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