Lauren is a Graduate Research Assistant at MonTREP, as well as a Graduate Assistant to General Russell D. Howard, and a third semester Master's Candidate for 2013 in Nonproliferation and Terrorism Studies at MIIS. She is focusing her studies on Counterterrorism and Terrorist Organizations in the Middle East, Africa, and Central Asia, with special attention to Anti-Money Laundering and Counterterrorism Financing. Previous to beginning her graduate studies in Monterey, Lauren worked as an Administrative Assistant to a Haute Couture Fashion Website Designer, as well is in the Professional Theater Industry as a Choreographer in Los Angeles . She also has professional and internship experience doing research for an elected member of the Beverly Hills School Board and with Jericho Publishing. She graduated Valedictorian with a Bachelor's in Political Science with a focus on Globalization and Development and International Security from American Jewish University and was nominated by University Faculty and Board to be the Commencement Speaker for her graduating class. She reads, writes, and speaks Arabic and Hebrew and has also studied French and hopes after graduation to work in International Security, Anti-Money Laundering and Counterterrorism Financing.