Lauren Williams

Lauren Williams is a program manager for the Entrepreneurship and Affordable Homeownership teams at CFED. As a member of the Entrepreneurship team, she has played a central role in developing current CFED’s portfolio of entrepreneurship initiatives focused on building microbusiness owners’ financial capability in order to enhance their financial security and economic mobility over time. This work involves applying human-centered product and service design methods and consumer insights to create or refine programs, products and services that enhance microbusiness owners’ financial capability. As a member of the Affordable Housing team, she works primarily with the Innovations in Manufactured Homes (I’M HOME) initiative to promote the use of high-quality manufactured housing as a key source of affordable homeownership and as an asset building opportunity for families. Ms. Williams works on the development and implementation of these initiatives, providing research, writing, program coordination, policy advocacy and capacity-building support for the field


Prior to joining CFED, she interned with the Danville Regional Foundation where she worked on the foundation’s initiatives in economic and community development and published a white paper based on her study of the entrepreneurial capacity, structure and culture of the Dan River region. She also worked with the UNC School of Government’s Community-Campus Partnership program, where she helped research and design the program’s evaluation framework. Ms. Williams is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where she majored in economics and international studies, minored in music, and graduated with honors.



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