Lauren Runco is a strategy officer at Lumina Foundation, an independent, private foundation in Indianapolis that is committed to making opportunities for learning beyond high school available to all. In that role, she works to support the creation of a system in which student success and credential attainment are scaled up significantly, particularly in community colleges.
Before joining Lumina, Runco worked at the Military Family Research Institute at Purdue University, where she served as director of education and employment. Runco has spent more than a decade addressing issues related to the nation’s military workforce and their transitions to civilian education and employment, by working with employers, workforce agencies, and higher education institutions.
Runco served as the founding director of the Office of Military and Veteran Services at Marywood University, was a veterans affairs certifying official, led the national Veteran Knowledge Community for NASPA, and received the Army Commander’s Award for Public Service.
She earned a bachelor’s degree in international studies from The University of Scranton and her master’s in higher education administration from Marywood University.