As our Day of Caring event planner for 2021, Lauren faced epic challenges – a brand new director, a pandemic, and a late start. I am in awe of Lauren’s kindness, warmth, and resilience under pressure. Her attention to detail was nearly flawless on top of it. Her time, expertise, and determination to finish the project were valued and appreciated. Lauren is responsible for a massive win for Centre County United Way and an incredible impact on our community.
– Leanne Lenz
Executive Director, Centre County United Way
Lauren Smith is the consummate professional when it comes to communication, marketing, event planning, fundraising and development. Her attention to detail will astound you. Lauren is the perfect person to have on your fundraising and development team because she will take your organization’s mission to heart and make sure it is communicated clearly, all the while lavishing your donors with the acknowledgement and gratitude they deserve. Lauren is a self-starter and she shoulders a considerable workload with grace and sureness. Working with Lauren, you will see where your organization’s strengths lie (she will praise you endlessly for them) and where your organization can improve. She is ever-optimistic and always quick with a kind word. In short, a joy to work with.
– Heather House
Executive Director, Centre Region Down Syndrome Society
Unquestionably our interest in and support of PASA has been enhanced by Lauren. She is direct, honest, knowledgeable, dedicated to PASA’s mission – all with a great sense of humor and laugh. She knew how to ask for support in such a way that before you knew it you had said yes, and she treated everyone the same. Lauren’s qualities really made you trust her and what she stood for.
– Helen & Bill Elkins
Buck Run Land & Cattle
I have no doubt that Lauren’s infectious enthusiasm will continue to carry her forward and benefit other organizations and communities of dreamers in the future. There really is no progress to be had in the world without people like Lauren who are willing to aim higher.
– Brian Snyder
former PASA Executive Director
Generosity, Strength, Grace, Dedication. These are the things that come to mind when I think of Lauren. She was a great boss, colleague and role model. Lauren was always generous with her time, knowledge and thoughtfulness. So much so that I often wondered how she managed it. I learned so much from Lauren and I am so grateful for her mentoring and encouragement. Lauren nurtured my confidence and that stays with me still.
– Jean Najjar
Employee at PASA
Talking about the glue that sustains? That defines Lauren and the grounds on which she is departing PASA. So much of the growth, expansion, and influence of sustainable agriculture in PA and nationally has its roots at your desk. I know we only met face-to-face a handful of times, but it was not for a lack of effort on her part! Lauren had a gift of nudging, reminding, asking, keeping me in the loop and understanding. I will miss her always kind and appreciative handwritten notes on my letters. As a result of our relationship, my support of PASA will continue.
– Fran McDermid
What I like most about Lauren is her positive ‘can do’ attitude. If you have a problem, she'll help you solve it and do it with gusto, meticulousness and competence. With Lauren on your team, there's no doubt that you'll hit a home run!
– Lisa J. Bunin, PhD
Founder & Director, Organic Advocacy
Former Director, Greenpeace International Ocean Incineration Campaign
During the four years when I worked with Lauren Smith at Greenpeace, I found her to be an energetic, hardworking, personable and creative problem solver. Obstacles never thwarted Lauren; challenges invigorated her solutions-oriented mindset. For example, I watched her navigate through a devastating earthquake that adversely affected two retail stores that she oversaw with decency and perseverance by caring for the employees first and then the merchandise and physical structure.
– Karen Topakian,
Former board chair, Greenpeace, Inc.
Lauren brings the best out in the people she comes in contact with. Whether an employee, customer, associate or friend, she is generally interested in them as people first. I think that is her superpower. She raises up those around her. From the beginning of her career, I believe that has been the foundation of her success.
– Ben Fein
Founder, Seven Seas Trading Company
The Wiz Kids Inc.