Lauren Woodman joined NetHope as the Chief Executive Officer in January 2014. Lauren brings 20 years of leadership experience in technology, policy, economic development and education in the public and private sectors.
Prior to joining NetHope, Lauren led government and education programs at Microsoft for more than a decade. These public-private partnerships spanned a variety of needs, including disaster response, economic development, language accessibility and education. Under her leadership, Microsoft’s most significant education program, Partners in Learning, resulted in $500 million in direct investment so that more than 12 million teachers and 230 million students in 134 countries benefitted from more effective use of technology in teaching and learning.
Before joining Microsoft in 2002, Woodman served as the executive vice president for the Software & Information Industry Association, founded an IT services start-up, and worked on Capitol Hill for Rep. Jim Cooper (TN). She currently serves on the National Education Association Foundation Board of Directors and the World Affairs Council of Seattle Board of Directors.