Lauren Johnson is the Secretary of the Washington County Democratic Party for 2017 – 2019. Lauren is dedicated to creating positive change in our community and our world. Lauren has served in community development, built a volunteer organization from the ground up, and has professional success as well in helping a company understand and take action on sustainability. She does all of these things because she cares about the world we live in, recognizes the complex challenges we face, and firmly believes that by working together, we can find good paths forward that will enable us all to live well.
She has more than ten years of leadership experience with various volunteer organizations; prior to serving in the Washington County Democratic Party, most recently these include the Johnson City Housing and Community Development Advisory Board and the Tri-Cities Tennessee Professional Chapter of Engineers Without Borders-USA.
Lauren has been a member of the Johnson City Housing and Community Development Advisory Board since 2015 and has served as Board Secretary since 2016. The advisory board of Johnson City residents hears funding requests from local agencies and makes recommendations on funding allocations from federal grants such as Community Development Block Grants (CDBG) to the Johnson City Board of Commissioners. Engineers Without Borders (EWB-USA) is an organization that provides engineering assistance to communities in developing areas so that they can meet their basic human needs. Lauren co-founded the Tri-Cities Professional Chapter in 2013 and served as President for two years, during which time she and a team of dedicated officers built the organization strategy, recruited and trained a member base, partnered with sponsors and donors, and most importantly partnered with the rural community of Samne in northern Peru. She remains actively involved in an advisory role as past president, as an active member recruiting and engaging new members, and as a member of the travel team helping with improvements to the Samne water system.
When she’s not volunteering, Lauren puts her passion for positive change to work on her day job in sustainability organization at a global company. In her role, she helps translate complex sustainability concepts to help inform strategies and innovation projects. She’s one of her company’s experts on sustainability and life cycle assessment, a technical method of quantifying environmental impact. She served as the leader for the life cycle assessment team for two years.
After learning about groundwater contamination in the county where she attended high school in Middle Tennessee, and having an eye opening experience learning about atmospheric chemistry and climate change at the summer program Tennessee Governor’s School for Science. Lauren resolved to improve the world by working in sustainability and pursued engineering as a means to prepare herself. She graduated from the University of Tennessee in 2011 with a dual major in Chemistry and Honors Chemical and Bimolecular Engineering, Summa Cum Laude. Lauren is a lifelong Tennessean and resides in Johnson City.