Lauren C. Vaughan is a seasoned C-Suite leader accustomed to managing multi-million-dollar budgets and teams of direct reports in for-profit, not-for-profit, and government operations. For more than 20 years, she has successfully developed strategies within organizations to build consensus and advocated and implemented change to improve delivery of services. She has excellent training and facilitation skills with a proven ability to motivate others and mentor and develop leaders.
Ms. Vaughan was appointed to serve as the Secretary of the District of Columbia by Mayor Muriel Bowser in January 2015, where she served until December 2018. In her role as Secretary, she was the official custodian of the Seal of the District of Columbia and managed the City’s ceremonial services; government document publishing and issuances; notary commissions and authentications; international and diplomatic activities; and public records and archive maintenance.
Prior to joining the District Government, Ms. Vaughan served as the Executive Director of My Sister’s Place (MSP). She was recruited to join MSP’s Board of Directors in 2001, after expressing interest in volunteering at the emergency shelter. She quickly rose to become a Co-Chair in 2005 and then Board Chair in 2007. In 2010, she was appointed to be Executive Director after serving as Acting Executive Director and Board Chair simultaneously and successfully leading MSP through a critical renovation and expansion project. Under Ms. Vaughan’s leadership, the agency grew in size, influence, and in its capacity to serve families in need. She established and enhanced programs, including completion of a multi-million dollar initiative to expand and renovate its emergency shelter, more than doubling its capacity. She also directed the establishment of a Citywide Domestic Violence Hotline and managed 45 employees.
Prior to her appointment as Acting Executive Director, Ms. Vaughan was CEO of a businessconsulting firm and she also supported the establishment of a project and construction management company in 2001 with projects in multiple jurisdictions. Ms. Vaughan successfully led and managed the growth of both companies in business areas including strategic advisory services and project and construction management.
Originally from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Ms. Vaughan moved to the metropolitan DC area to attend graduate school at The George Washington University where she earned a Master of Science in Engineering and Technology Management. Ms. Vaughan holds a Bachelor of Arts in Mass Media from Hampton University. She has also served on the Board of Directors of the DC Rape Crisis Center; Washington Performing Arts; DC Chamber of Commerce; DC Coalition Against Domestic Violence; and the Building Development and Transition Committees for her church, St. Augustine’s Episcopal in Southwest, DC. Ms. Vaughan is a member of Leadership Greater Washington’s Class of 2002, and a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. She resides in Ward 6 with her Yorkshire Terrier, Indiana Jones.