Lauren (Duffy) Helms is an Alumni Relations Specialist. She has a master’s degree from the University of London School of Oriental and African Studies and received her B.A. in Political Science from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo. Prior to joining the Society, Lauren served as Senior Communications Associate at the American Enterprise Institute in Washington, D.C., facilitating internal communication and developing marketing strategies for foreign and defense policy research. She originally hails from Northern California and thrives on connecting people to one another, particularly students paving the way in innovation and discovery.