Lauren Gilman, a highly skilled technical assistance specialist and experienced program manager, has extensive knowledge of mental health promotion, behavioral health, school-based initiatives, substance misuse prevention, youth violence prevention, cultural responsiveness, and mentoring.  Drawing on her health communications and capacity-building expertise, she helps community organizations and school districts bridge research and practice, implement and sustain evidence-based programs, strengthen cross-sector collaboration, and use data-driven planning to achieve systems change. 

Gilman’s integrated approach to advancing substance misuse prevention and social emotional learning emphasizes interconnected risk and protective factors and fosters collaboration at the community level. A certified prevention specialist and expert trainer, she is adept at facilitating virtual and in-person meetings.

Her background as an interpreter for Spanish-speaking immigrants and as a school counselor for high-risk Latino youth demonstrates Gilman’s bilingual and multicultural skills. These skills bring a unique cultural perspective to her work with schools, community organizations, and youth-serving programs. 

Gilman holds a BA from Swarthmore College, an MA in Intercultural Relations from Lesley University, and a Certificate in Medical and Legal Interpretation from Bentley College.