Lauren Runco is the strategy officer for military-based learning at Lumina Foundation, an independent, private foundation in Indianapolis that is committed to making opportunities for learning beyond high school available to all. Before joining Lumina, she 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.
In particular, she focuses her efforts on improving outcomes for women and people of color, making her a sought-after voice in higher education and the workforce. 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.