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Lauren Johnson, Executive Director

Executive Director

Lauren joined the SVP team in February, 2012 to launch the Ready for Kindergarten Collaborative. In this capacity, Lauren worked to facilitate collaboration between cross-sector partners – by developing shared goals, metrics and strategies –to ensure that all children in Portland have the foundation for learning and life success. Lauren later stepped into her role as Director of Community Impact, providing strategic guidance and operational leadership for SVP’s capacity-building investments.

Prior to SVP, Lauren was a Program Officer at Thrive Foundation for Youth. Her focus was studying research on how to help youth thrive, translating it into practical application, and coaching youth development organizations on how to adopt best-practices on thriving. Lauren also brings experience as a Schools Uniting Neighborhoods (SUN) Program Manager, a Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) Case Manager, and as a Kindergarten teacher in Chile. Her Psychology degree from Williams College has been foundational to all of her work.
Lauren Johnson as a kiddo
When Lauren’s not hard at work for SVP, she’s usually hard at play in the beautiful Pacific NW. She’s passionate about distance running, hiking, road biking and camping in the summer months; when the rain arrives, you’ll still find her running in elite races across the U.S., as well as reading, cross-country skiing or traveling internationally.

Her all-time FAVORITE book as a child? The Little Engine That Could, which she asked her parents to read to her nightly for nearly a year. It made an impact, as today she possesses the determination and optimism of that Little Engine.