Founder of Policy in Motion

Lauren Michele 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 promote the environmental, economic, and social well being of communities —fostering a sustainable future for all people and the planet.

Experience

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; event management and logistics; and related communication 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.

Most recently, Lauren 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. Ms. Michele has developed digital communication strategies for statewide issue campaigns such as California’s Prop 1 Water Bond and manages a social media site of progressive voters with over 250,000 followers. 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.

Services

Policy Analysis
Legislation Development
Policy Research

Campaign Consulting/Management
Political Advisor
Political Debate Prep
Campaign Advance Logistics
Strategic Thinking

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

Quotes

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

Contact

lauren.michele@policyinmotion.com