June 9, 2021

EDC Appoints Lauren Klein as Director of Communications

EDC has appointed Lauren Klein as its new director of communications. Klein comes to EDC from the New York City Mayor’s Office of Sustainability, where she was deputy director of public affairs & engagement.

As the director of communications, Klein will focus on building new outreach programs, campaigns, and partnerships that serve to highlight EDC’s impact in improving education, health, and economic opportunity around the world.

“Lauren is an exceptionally skilled communications professional who understands both the evolving media landscape as well as the contributions EDC is making from Uganda to the U.S.,” said Shelley Pasnik, EDC senior vice president. “For more than 60 years, EDC’s story of impact has been a powerful one, and we’re thrilled by all the ways Lauren will help us tell it.”

Klein brings extensive experience in communications and digital strategy to EDC. As deputy director of public affairs & engagement, she led communications efforts for New York City's climate change portfolio, executing campaigns to inform, engage, and mobilize residents. As vice president of digital and social impact at Weber Shandwick, Klein executed content marketing campaigns for Fortune 500 companies, nonprofits, and government agencies. Klein began her career as a journalist, working first in Connecticut, then in South Asia.

Klein earned a BA from Mount Holyoke College and a MIA from the School of International and Public Affairs at Columbia University. She will be based in EDC’s New York office.

“I’m honored to join this global team in the work of delivering a more inclusive, just, and informed world,” said Klein. “EDC’s programs, services, and research have never been more critical to achieving these goals, and I will do everything I can to use strategic storytelling to advance that collective mission and impact.”