“Real change, enduring change, happens one step at a time.”

-Ruth Bader Ginsburg

Policy in Motion is a woman-owned small business founded by Lauren Michele in 2010 with a mission to promote the environmental, economic, and equitable health of communities through effective policymaking — fostering a sustainable future for all people and the planet.


Lauren Michele – Founder/Owner of Policy in Motion – is a policy consultant/advisor and communications strategist, specializing in progressive and non-partisan politics. She helps candidates and clients build campaigns, coalitions, and communication strategies. Lauren has 15 years of experience working with federal, state, and local government agencies; non-profit organizations; foundations; universities; and political/issue campaigns, including a Presidential Campaign and a California State Bond. Ms. Michele has over a decade of experience working virtually both in team and individual environments, with Policy in Motion offices in San Diego and Sacramento for needed in-person collaboration. Policy in Motion’s mission is to foster a sustainable and equitable future for all people and the planet through effective policymaking.

House of Representatives, Washington D.C.

Democratic National Committee Summer Conference


Lauren Michele founded Policy in Motion in 2010 with the vision of Growing Beautiful Communities through climate change policies and sustainability practices. She earned her Master of Science degree from the UC Davis Institute of Transportation Studies and a Bachelor of Science degree in Environmental Policy Analysis and Planning from the University of California, Davis. Lauren is an independent consultant, author, and producer with experience in policy analysis and legislation development at the state and federal level; policy research and debate prep for political candidates; strategic communications, coalition building, and digital outreach for political and issue campaigns; campaign event management and logistics; political fundraising and PAC management; and communications with major news networks (i.e. CNN/NYT/WaPo). Clients include US presidential candidate campaigns, government agencies, foundations, universities, private sector firms, and non-profit organizations.

Lauren Michele currently serves as Executive Director of Left Coast Voter, managing a Political Action Committee (PAC) and social media site of progressive voters with over 225,000 followers. Most recently, her work with Left Coast Voter helped flip the Senate by fundraising to support the Georgia Democratic Senate races. Ms. Michele served as the Policy Director and Democratic National Committee (DNC) Debate Liaison for Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard’s 2020 Presidential Campaign. She also has served as Statewide Coalition Director for political organizations like the California Transportation Coalition for Livable Communities. Lauren has developed digital communication strategies for statewide issue campaigns such as California’s Prop 1 Water Bond and progressive advocacy causes. She has extensive experience working remotely with team platforms such as Slack, Zoom, Signal, and Google Team Drive. Lauren is especially passionate about mentoring students, young professionals, and small businesses — helping them to outline and achieve their goals.


Policy Analysis
Legislation Development
Policy Research

Campaign Consulting/Management
Political Advisor
Political Debate Prep
Campaign Advance Logistics
Political Fundraising & PAC Management

Strategic Digital Communications
Coalition Building
Social Media Management
Digital Outreach Strategies

Small Business Coaching
Professional Mentoring
Career Development
Brand Development & Management
Team Building

Program Development
Staff Training
Public Outreach
Climate Change Policy and Planning
Sustainable Communities
People-Oriented Development
Grant Writing


“Lauren is a policy expert, she enthusiastically volunteered policy research and analysis, providing insight into the development of federal climate change legislation for clean energy and jobs. She can adapt to any scenario needed in the policy realm.”
— Guido Weiss, Congressional Candidate for Florida’s 21st District
“Lauren’s ability to reach beyond partisan politics gives her a unique advantage in creating coalitions and crafting effective communication strategies.”
— Chad Peace, Founder, Independent Voter Project
“Lauren is not only at the top of her field technically, she combines it with an energy and passion that is infectious. She is also one of those rare individuals that knows how to engage people around her ideas, which is essential in building effective coalitions. A real pleasure to work with.”
— Jim Earp, Former Executive Director, California Alliance for Jobs
“Thank you for working on a Saturday!”
— The Washington Post


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