Lauren GrevelEducation & Youth Initiatives Officer
What do you do at the GHACF?
I work on all things youth and education related at the Foundation. I work with our Youth Advisory Council, made up of about 20 high schoolers, as they learn how to be community grantmakers and philanthropists, all while developing their leadership skills. They are active and engaged in looking at and assessing the needs of youth in our community.
I also manage our scholarship program of about 200 funds that help us to provide assistance to local students. I even spend time working with our local school districts, as well as nonprofits with youth-serving programs, to develop and cultivate partnerships that will continue to positively impact our youth.
How long have you been with the GHACF?
I started in December of 2011 and have held many different roles at the Foundation.
Why do you work at the GHACF?
I was born and raised in Grand Haven and once I went off to college, I wasn’t planning on coming back for a while. But, things change and the four years I spent away made me realize how much I loved my hometown – where else can you drive by the lake every single day? I knew that local government wasn’t my scene from my time in Ingham County and knew I wanted to be in the nonprofit sector but I was having a tough time narrowing down my focus and stumbled upon a position at the Community Foundation, like many others stumble into philanthropy. I love this community and the state of Michigan and am so thrilled to be able to work for an organization that works so hard to better the lives of those in our community and region in so many different ways.
Education & Experience
I graduated from James Madison College at Michigan State University with a degree in Social Relations & Policy as well as an additional degree in Communications. I also finished up my MPA in Nonprofit Management & Leadership at Grand Valley State University while working at GHACF. Before starting at GHACF I did a brief stint with local government with the Ingham County Treasurer’s Office in the Foreclosure Prevention Department.
Do you have a leisure activity or hobby?
In my free time I enjoy cooking, reading, and traveling around the great state of Michigan. I’m looking forward to getting to do more of this and hang out with my black lab, Stella, now that I’ve completed my MPA. I wouldn’t suggest taking on a Master’s program just about full time while working full time – yes, I was crazy at the time.
What’s something most people don’t know about you?
I traveled to Europe at the age of 13 as a student ambassador and was a recipient of the Heacox Scholarship here at GHACF.