Lauren Schuster joined Urban Resource Institute after serving as Chief of Staff to Assemblymember Linda B. Rosenthal (D/WF-Manhattan) for more than 11 years. In that role, Lauren was instrumental in drafting and helping to pass more than 100 pieces of legislation into law.
Managing a small but nimble legislative and community staff, Lauren and her team built and lead winning coalitions on myriad issues, while providing strategic guidance on many others. She is deeply familiar with the Albany budget process and knows how to navigate the state legislative and regulatory processes.
Before that, Lauren worked at the New York Public Interest Research Group (NYPIRG) in a variety of roles of increasing responsibility, including Staff Attorney, Environmental Campaign Coordinator and Voting Empowerment Project Coordinator.
Lauren is passionate about housing and homelessness, harm reduction, social justice and racial, gender and socioeconomic equality, along with animal welfare issues.
Lauren received her Juris Doctorate from St. John’s University School of Law and graduated from New York University’s College of the Arts and Sciences, with a BA, cum laude, in political science. She is a New York City native; she lives with her spouse, Jeremiah and daughter, Vivian – and their two cats – in Staten Island, New York.