Lauren Shew, Director of Operations
Lauren is an enrolled citizen of the Pamunkey Indian Tribe and a graduate of Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Virginia Tech) where she received a Bachelor’s of Science in Psychology with coursework in the American Indian Studies Program.
Previously serving as the Director of the Tribal Resource Center for the Pamunkey Indian Tribe, Lauren adeptly led working groups focusing on cultural and natural resources as well as cultural education. Her primary interest was in wetland protection and restoration. She authored the EPA-Tribal Environmental Plan and collaborated with the Virginia Institute of Marine Science to create a Wetlands Management Plan for the Tribe.
She has directed and managed grants through the Environmental Protection Agency, Department of Environment Quality, National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, and consulted on research projects for Virginia Commonwealth University, University of Virginia, Virginia Tech, William & Mary, and Old Dominion University.
Lauren believes strengthening the relationships between local, state, federal, and tribal governments is vital in order to protect and restore cultural and natural resources.