Lauren Sills is the operations leader for the NBA Foundation. A proud alumna of Spelman College, Lauren has been driven by the idea that “to whom much is given, much is required” and has worked over the past 13 years to ensure that her professional career and personal endeavors are tied to service. Lauren’s extensive experience has led her to work across a variety of industries, such as nonprofit, government, and sports with the common thread of supporting and investing in communities of color. Before the NBA, Lauren, led philanthropy and community partnerships for the east coast at Nike and oversaw the largest employee volunteer program at the JPMorgan ChaseFoundation. Lauren has a long history of working with and advocating for young people of color across the country.
Starting her career as a high school teacher with Teach for America in Los Angeles, and later training and organizing young people at GenerationProgress, a nonprofit organization in Washington, D.C. Additionally, Lauren served as a Staffer on Capitol Hill withU.S. Senator Tom Carper. Lauren earned her Master’s in Education from Loyola Marymount University. In her spare time, Lauren enjoys running races, reading, and hosting dinner parties.