Lauren Banks is Director of Development and Communications at the Massachusetts Alliance on Teen Pregnancy. She was formerly the Chief Policy and Advocacy Officer at AIDS Alabama where she managed the Policy and Advocacy department, including the supervision of Alabama Alliance for Healthy Youth, a coalition of over 1,000 young people advocating for comprehensive sexual health education and reproductive justice. Prior to working at AIDS Alabama, she was on the Board of Directors at AIDS Alabama and spent two and a half years as the Executive Director of YouthServe, Inc., an organization that built a social justice movement among young people, while integrating them in community service opportunities. Her advocacy work spans from federal to local policy initiatives. She has worked in the non-profit sector for ten years on issues related to healthcare, HIV/AIDS, economic justice, homelessness, and youth development. Lauren holds a Masters in Fine Arts in Writing and a Bachelor’s of Science degree from the University of Alabama. Lauren is knowledgeable in working with key stakeholders across different sectors of the community such as funders, legislators and community leaders.