Lauren Padgett

Development Director


As SSDP’s Development Officer, Lauren works with the executive team to raise funds that make SSDP’s programs possible. Lauren studied psychology at Northeastern University and spent her early career in Boston counseling and supporting adults and youth living with mental illness.

Lauren moved back to her hometown of Washington, DC after college to work as an executive assistant and conference planner for the National Council for Behavioral Health. In 2012, Lauren performed research on behalf of the National Council that supported part of President Obama’s executive order to improve veterans’ access to mental health care.

Lauren has been living with autoimmune disease since 2009, and is particularly passionate about advocating for medical marijuana in her home city. In 2014, she testified before the DC Council and the DC Department of Health in favor of a physician-controlled conditions list for the medical marijuana program, which was unanimously adopted by the DC Council through emergency legislation.

Lauren is a member of Americans for Safe Access and active in Women Grow. She is pursuing her CFRE credential, and is proud to be part of SSDP’s mission to end harmful and punitive drug policies. In the summer, Lauren plays softball for the famous One Hitters.