Director of Ecosystem Strategy, New Pluralists
Lauren Higgins is director of ecosystem strategy at New Pluralists, a cross-ideological funder and field collaborative that is strengthening the growing field of funders, practitioners, storytellers, researchers, and innovators who are working to foster a culture of pluralism in America. Higgins is a powerful relationship builder whose ability to cultivate trust and inspire shared action has helped teams, networks, and communities in the U.S. and around the globe collaborate across deep differences to find breakthroughs and adapt to an increasingly complex world.
Prior to her current role, Higgins was program officer for the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation’s Entrepreneurship Ecosystem and Research portfolios. Lauren also co-founded Democracy Together, a scrappy non-profit working to strengthen the field of deliberative democracy and popularize Citizens’ Assemblies in the United States. Higgins received her bachelor’s in organizational communication from Metropolitan State University and she brings experience in field building, philanthropy, organizational development, mediation, systems change, convening, participatory process and governance design, and peer learning.