Achieving LGBTQ Equality Through Litigation, Legislation, Policy, and Public Education

Lauren Gray

Director of Communications

As NCLR’s Director of Communications, Lauren develops and executes strategic communications campaigns for litigation, legislation, public policy, and public education to shift narratives and build a broader LGBTQ movement.

Lauren has deep experience with legal, policy and issues-based strategic communications. In 2016, PRWeek named Lauren a Champion of PR: one of 36 women nationally who “represent the gold standard in the industry.” She has developed and implemented strategies to advance legislative priorities to increase access to reproductive health care, promote gender equality, prevent discrimination from being enshrined in law, elevate awareness of the barriers faced by Southern rural Black women and girls, and others. She has conducted expert media trainings for clients and other spokespeople and successfully secured coverage in high-profile news outlets including The New York Times, Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, LA Times, Associated Press, The Guardian, Huffington Post, U.S. News & World Report, TIME, Cosmopolitan, New York Magazine, Politico, ThinkProgress, and The Hill and programming featured on MSNBC, CNN, PBS, NPR, and Fox News.

Previously, she served as Senior Advisor for the NYC Department of Homeless Services, where she developed and executed communications strategies in a fast-paced, 24/7 on-call role with high-level crisis communications needs. Prior to that, she served as Managing Director for Camino PR, where she supervised staff members across multiple office locations, managed firm deliverables, and served as a senior public relations strategist. Clients included Planned Parenthood Federation of America, the Ford Foundation, Ms. Foundation for Women, the Southern Rural Black Women’s Initiative, National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health, National Asian Pacific American Women’s Forum, Ovarian Cancer Research Fund Alliance, and the Opportunity Agenda. Recently, Camino was awarded “Best in Crisis” by PRWeek for its contributions supporting Planned Parenthood in its successful management of a deceptive viral video attack. Lauren also served as Communications Director for Service Women’s Action Network, where she worked with executive director and former Marine Corp captain Anu Bhagwati to mobilize national support to address military sexual assault and advance the full integration of women into combat roles. Lauren began her career working under Attorney General Joseph R. “Beau” Biden, III at the  Delaware Department of Justice.

Lauren is originally from Brownhelm, Ohio—a farming community of approximately 8,000 people, famous for electing the first African American man to public office in the U.S. in 1855. She received her J.D. from the University of Cincinnati College of Law and earned her undergraduate degree at Xavier University.

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