LAUREN ARMISTEAD, MSW
While attending UCLA, Lauren worked as a first responder, Field Training Officer and Training Instructor for UCLA’s Emergency Medical Services. Upon graduation, she pursued a successful career in medical sales in San Francisco before moving back to Los Angeles where she was recruited to work for the Homeland Security Advisory Council (HSAC). As a Deputy Director, Lauren built the first online database of private sector resources on the West Coast and held the only private sector seat in Southern California’s emergency operations centers. She went on to become HSAC’s Executive Director where she was responsible for managing, lecturing, and fundraising. More recently, Lauren served as a research consultant for a bioterrorism and infectious disease expert out of UCLA’s Geffen School of Medicine. She obtained her Master’s Degree in Social Change and Innovation at University of Southern California. Her studies and research focused on suicidality, resiliency and wellness in law enforcement. Lauren also worked as a volunteer and assistant instructor for CopLine, a confidential crisis hotline for law enforcement officers in the United States and Canada. Lauren lives in Los Angeles with her family.