Lauren Johnson

Lauren grew up in the Bay Area and recently put down roots in Sonoma County. She spent her early years riding horses, doing ranch work, and volunteering as a junior docent at Ardenwood historic farm. She went to college at UCSB and earned a BA in psychology, and during that time she worked at a local food co-op as the volunteer coordinator where she developed her love for alternative business models, volunteer programs, and community outreach. She taught cooking classes for elementary schoolers at an educational nonprofit before heading to sunny San Diego for grad school, where she got her teaching credential and M.Ed. But instead of pursuing a traditional teaching career, Lauren jumped into the world of outdoor education with a nonprofit based in the Santa Cruz mountains, serving as the program coordinator. Lauren and her husband then chose Santa Rosa as their new home, a beautiful place to raise children and be closer to family. 

Lauren has spent time as a kindergarten substitute teacher, a baker, and an assistant wedding planner/coordinator in Wine Country. Her eclectic background’s connecting thread is a deep commitment to serving her community, which is what brought her to CVNL as the operations assistant. When she’s not in the office or wrangling her toddler, she likes to play guitar, stargaze, bake, snowboard, practice yoga, daydream about farming, plan road trips, hike with her dog, and garden.