My name is Lauren Bohn and I’ve recently joined the incredible team at MIF as the communications director. I couldn’t imagine a more important time to advance and catalyze the work of a diverse range of funders committed to media that informs, engages and inspires.
A bit about me: While I’m a proud Philly native (and a devoted patron of Wawa), I’ve spent the last 11 years, largely based in Cairo and Istanbul, reporting on social justice issues around the world. I was one of first women columnists at Foreign Policy magazine and the inaugural international correspondent at The GroundTruth Project—an award-winning nonprofit news organization that some of you may have funded!
Along the way I’ve created two organizations to chip away at inequities: Foreign Policy Interrupted, an initiative to combat gender disparity in the media and SchoolCycle, a United Nations Foundation campaign that provides bicycles to schoolgirls in Malawi and Guatemala.
From reporting on youth unemployment in Nigeria and gender inequity in Afghanistan, to exploring the scarred legacy of apartheid in South Africa or the refugee crisis on our southern border, philanthropy has made almost all my journalism possible. For that I’m not only grateful but also fiercely committed to helping create more of it. Read more
One of the questions that drives my work, and likely yours, is: What would our country—and world—look like if women and all people were truly equal? What would it look like if we were able to create the multiracial democracy we deserve? Talent is universal but opportunity surely is not. Democratizing the latter is my north star and that’s why I joined MIF.
I also joined MIF because of you. Our members are crucial in the process of reimagining and reconstructing a better world. And I couldn’t be more thrilled to work with you in supporting media that awakens both the individual and the collective to opportunities and solutions to the most pressing issues of our time. As James Baldwin said, “We made the world we’re living in and we have to make it over.”