Lauren Thomas Priest, YNPN Cleveland Member

Meet Lauren!

YNPN Member and the Grants Coordinator at the Greater Cleveland Food Bank.

Lauren is originally from the Cleveland area and is happy to be back. She lives in Willoughby with her husband, Kenny, 4 year old daughter, Delilah, 2 month old son, Micah, and their guinea pigs, Pete and Mickey. In their free time, they love to visit Lake FarmPark, the Cleveland Zoo and Chuckie Cheese.

As Grants Coordinator at the Greater Cleveland Food Bank, Lauren writes grant proposals and reports to both private and corporate foundations. Prior to this position, she worked as Benefits Outreach Coordinator for the Food Bank. She also served as an AmeriCorps member at Homeport (formerly Columbus Housing Partnership) in Columbus, Ohio, and worked as a Field Organizer for the Ohio Democratic Party in Canton, Ohio.

I addition to her involvement with YNPN and the Professional Development Committee, Lauren currently serves as Board Secretary for the Grant Professionals Association - Greater Cleveland Chapter, is a Bridge Board Member for the Boys and Girls Clubs of Cleveland, a member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals, and involved with the Greater Cleveland Food Bank YP Pantry, Emerging Ambassadors of Cogswell Hall (EACH) and the Cleveland Kiwanis Community Service Committee.

2015, Lauren was awarded the Northeast Ohio Top 25 Under 35 Movers & Shakers Award from the Cleveland Professional 20/30 Club. She’s also a Member of the 2013 SNAP Outreach Department of the Year with Feeding America and a Member of the 2012 Ohio Benefit Bank Site of the Year from the Ohio Association of Food Banks.

 Lauren loves being involved with YNPN Cleveland because of her experience networking with other nonprofit professionals who are as passionate about working to improve our community and elevate Cleveland’s nonprofit sector as she is. “YNPN gives us a space to feel comfortable and network amongst our peers outside of our individual organizations and areas, many of whom we would never otherwise meet, but have a great deal in common with and can really help each other.”

 Lauren also enjoys the professional development events, which speak broadly to all young professionals, but also very specifically to the skills needed to succeed in the nonprofit sector. “It’s a great place for young professionals to meet and trade advice with each other, grow their professional and leadership skills and learn more about what’s going on in our sector.” Lauren has also found that being a part of YNPN has provided lots of opportunities for leadership, which can be hard to find in many nonprofits and is very welcoming to input and involvement from new members.

Connect with Lauren!

“I think one of the best parts of the nonprofit sector is that we’re all working together to improve our community, and I welcome the chance to network with other YNPN members and explore new ways to work together!”

She can be reached at if you have any questions or just want to grab coffee with another young professional in the nonprofit sector! 

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