Lawren Long joined NBWC as the new Policy Coordinator in the Fall of 2023. She brings a
wealth of experience in developing and implementing policy initiatives that uplift Black voices
and address the unique challenges faced by Black workers. She is a two-time graduate of Jackson
State University where she earned degrees in Business Administration and Public Policy and
Administration. She is a former policy coordinator for ROC United where she worked to grow
the policy work and reach of the organization. She developed policy briefs, presentations,
reports, factsheets, represented the organization at national forums and conferences, and
developed and managed the policy campaigns among other critical responsibilities.
Her background includes serving as a professor of political science in public policy, non-profit
management, food insecurity and justice advocacy, organizational development, human capital
development, childhood obesity, poverty, social justice curriculum development, economic
development, and public health equity work. She serves her community in various leadership
roles, from being a member of the NAACP, Young Democrats State Vice President, and CFO of
For Brown Girls, Inc. In her spare time, Lawren practices yoga, reads books about Black history,
enjoys outdoor activities with her children, educating the younger generations, and learning
trendy music to keep up with the times.