Lauren Corr Olson

What sounds do you love?

That sound when you wake up in a tent next to a creek - the water, birds, silence in between.

What is your secret ambition?

To start an international student exchange/adventure travel program.

Where is your dream travel destination?

Sail to Antarctica

Other interesting facts we should know about you?

I’m always up for an adventure – in 2014, I biked 60+ km down Death Road before spending a few nights solo in an open-air cabin in the Bolivian jungle.

I was a competitive gymnast growing up and now I can barely do a backbend. I should have listened to my Grandmother when she told me to practice piano.

What I do …

I work at Mercy Corps, a global relief and development organization headquartered in downtown Portland. Come visit our Action Center to learn more about important global issues and how you can get involved!

In 2007, I graduated from the University of Colorado at Boulder with a B.S. in Business Administration and a minor in Philosophy. My past professional work includes a year in Barcelona, Spain, volunteering as a mentor at the local YMCA and working as a marketing/administrative intern with an international textile company, Marfon Textil. After moving back to the U.S., I joined a National AIDS Fund AmeriCorps team in Tulsa, Oklahoma, performing HIV and Hepatitis C testing, counseling, and education services in clinic and outreach settings. During this time, I enjoyed serving as a Big Sister to a vibrant 10-year-old girl through Big Brothers Big Sisters of Oklahoma. I also gained sales and marketing experience in New York City at Condé Nast and most recently graduated from NYU with a M.S. in Global Affairs.

After many years of wanting to move to the Pacific Northwest, I finally made the jump to Portland in February 2015 and have never felt more at home.

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About Lauren

Member Since: 2015

Role: Advisory Council

Favorite Quote:

The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes, but in having new eyes.
— Proust