Lauren Doepke serves as the Government Affairs Manager at Ferox Strategies where she supports Ferox’s clients and executives through research and analysis, as well as co-managing our marketing and various social media platforms.

An environmental scientist by training, Lauren is well-versed in the technical fields of science and policy. Her passion exists at the nexus of the two where she has honed analytical written, spoken, and presentational communication abilities through her work in nonprofit, higher education, and now corporate spaces. Lauren continues to expand her knowledge base through interactive, experiential pursuits, most recently as a 2023 Climatebase Fellow.

Although Lauren hails from a science background, her experience leaves her equally as adept in the political sphere, including work in strategy and policy development, grassroots organizing, and communications. Previously, she served as an educator for The STEM Lab before earning an internship as an Environmental Justice Intern with the Mill Creek Alliance, a program funded by the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Here, she organized environmental justice communities along Mill Creek around education and local action campaigns to remediate the watershed, while engaging these communities in citizen science projects. Through this role, she also presented data collected throughout the year to the Spring Grove Village Community Council in the 2020 State of the Mill Creek Address. After this internship, Lauren was selected for Miami University’s Inside Washington Program, where she first assisted Miami University with its Federal lobbying goals surrounding sustainability before completing an internship at Ferox Strategies.

Lauren returned to the technical sphere as a Sustainability Coordinator for Miami University, where she collected data for the institution’s sustainability report, specifically focusing on developments in the University’s policy and advocacy space for the 2022 AASHE STARS Report. Through this role, she gained membership to several administrative-level committees focused on problem-solving the University’s path to carbon neutrality, maintaining the Institute for Food Farm (a regenerative agriculture demonstration farm) as an educational tool, and advising the Student Sustainability Council, a coalition of campus organization presidents working to increase campus sustainability projects and programming.

A Cincinnati, Ohio native, Lauren graduated from Miami University with a Bachelor of Arts in Environmental Earth Science and Sustainability. She is currently completing her Master of Environmental Science with a concentration in Water Resources Management. As a student, Lauren conducted research on micro- and nanoscale industrial contaminants in consumer goods, the development of a makeup spectrometry database to better identify evidence in human trafficking cases, green revolving fund models to finance large energy efficiency projects, and best practice carbon offset projects to attain carbon neutrality.

In her free time, Lauren is building a company, Urban Detour, with the goal of increasing urban communities’ access to outdoor recreation and the environment. She loves kayaking, hiking, skiing, and organizing adventures for her friends.