Alumni in Action

Lauren Russell alum
Feb 01, 2024

Alum in Action: A Lifetime Volunteer

As a young girl, Lauren Russell raised $20 for a children's hospital at her lemonade stand in Newport News. Fast forward to more recently, Russell (MPP '17) helped to raise more than $50,000 for the Batten School in her role as a member of the Executive Committee of the Batten Alumni Advisory Board.

The number of women in the labor force is down more than 1 million since pre-pandemic days. Lack of affordable child care is one reason.
Mar 30, 2022

Alum in Action: We Can’t Afford Not to Fix Child Care

Batten alum Maureen Coffey (MPP '21), a policy analyst on the early childhood policy team at Center for American Progress, says that lack of affordable child care costs families, employers and the entire economy. In an op-ed for MarketWatch, Coffey and co-author Hailey Gibbs outline how a comprehensive national approach could solve the problem.

Dana Laurens
Jul 21, 2021

Alum in Action: Opening Opportunities in Education

Dana Laurens (MPP ’10) knows firsthand how much good schools matter. When she was a child, she and her parents immigrated from Trinidad so she could get a better education, and she became the first in her family to go to college. This year, she was named to Washingtonian magazine’s Most Influential People list.