Lauren Gase is a Senior Evaluator at the Evaluation Center. With a background in public health, Lauren brings over 15 years of experience leading applied research and evaluation projects designed to improve health, educational, and social outcomes. She enjoys bringing stakeholders together to uncover new insights and use data to improve effectiveness and efficiency, tackle racial disparities, and enhance engagement with and accountability to the public.
Lauren is at her heart a practitioner, having served as an evaluator within federal and local government as well as nonprofits. As a Project Director at the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health she led a coalition of governmental, nonprofit, and community stakeholders to cultivate a county-wide vision to keep youth in school and out of the juvenile justice system. As a Health Scientist at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) she worked with senior leaders from 17 federal departments to identify opportunities to improve health though a “Health in All Policies” approach (Affordable Care Act, Section 4001).
Lauren earned her PhD in Health Policy from the University of California, Los Angeles and a Master’s in Public Health from Emory University. She is a member of the Emergent Learning Community Project and the Colorado Equitable Evaluation Collaboratory.