Brooke Schipporeit joined the National Low-Income Housing Coalition as an housing advocacy organizer in January 2019. She comes to NLIHC from Nebraska by way of Philadelphia, PA, where she spent the last few years supporting state and local coalitions in their efforts to achieve solutions to housing poverty. Specifically, she worked as an MSW intern with the Housing Alliance of Pennsylvania, informing and mobilizing coalition members to advance equitable housing policy. Then she worked as Philadelphia’s regional housing coordinator for the Self-Determination Housing Project of Pennsylvania, focusing on expanding affordable and accessible housing options for people with disabilities and older adults. Prior to beginning her career in affordable housing, Brooke spent time working in direct services in Nebraska for both the Head Start program and a domestic violence shelter. Brooke earned her Master of Social Work from the University of Pennsylvania and her Bachelor of Science in Social Work from Nebraska Wesleyan University.
Lauren Badger joined the Food Research and Action Center (FRAC) in July 2017. As the senior government relations associate, she assists with the development and implementation of FRAC’s legislative agenda, working with Congress, national organizations, and FRAC’s network of state and local anti-hunger organizations to strengthen domestic anti-hunger programs for low-income individuals and families. She also manages planning of the annual National Anti-Hunger Policy Conference.
Before joining FRAC, Lauren was an anti-hunger program associate at D.C. Hunger Solutions, an initiative of FRAC. In this role, she worked to improve Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) participation and policies, and help reduce senior hunger in D.C. She has also worked with SNAP and other federal nutrition programs in previous roles at the Georgia Division of Family and Children Services and the University of Georgia Department of Foods and Nutrition.
Lauren has a B.S. in both dietetics and consumer foods from the University of Georgia and an M.S. in foods and nutrition from the University of Georgia. Lauren also completed the dietetic internship at the University of Georgia to become a Registered Dietitian.