Lauren M. Grimes is a native Washingtonian who attained her Sociology B.A. at the University of Maryland, in College Park, Maryland, and her M.P.P. at George Mason University, located in Fairfax, Virginia. After earning her M.P.P. degree, she was inspired to teach, and began instructing as a Political Science professor at Trinity Washington University and the University of the District of Columbia.
She founded The Community Enrichment Project to instill a strong sense of civic awareness and engagement in underserved communities. Her goal is to help enrich existing communities by teaching others the importance of volunteerism, activism, other undervalued political techniques. Within her community she serves as Vice Chair of the Marshall Heights Civic Association and as a mentor for young girls in Washington, D.C. She is also a mentor for The Wilson Center's Women in Public Service Project. Her future aspirations are to continue civic engagement in her community as a youth advocate and public policy advisor.