Lauren MacDonald

Lauren is passionate about evidence-based and inclusive social impact. Her approach to community engagement and research is human-centric, and rooted in curiosity and empathy.

At the University of Waterloo, Lauren researched the intersection of climate justice, poverty alleviation, and women’s economic empowerment because she is convinced that sustainable development is the only way forward for humanity. 

Wanting to better understand how climate injustice disproportionately affects Indigenous groups and communities, this lifelong learner delved deep into the Indigenous Rights and Claims course offered at Waterloo in 2020.

Lauren helps organizations develop inclusive consultation strategies and social impact frameworks using the Sustainable Development Goals. She aims to make gender and social inclusion the norm for nonprofits by creating the right tools to measure the social return on investment of those on a mission for a better world.