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Lauren Snyder serves as the State Policy Director for Mental Health Colorado. She draws from years of public and private sector work in the political arena and has first hand experience collaborating with lawmakers, advocates, and decision makers to craft statewide policy. Before joining Mental Health Colorado in 2018, Lauren worked for the Colorado Department of Human Services as their Legislative Analyst, where she helped pass critical legislation and budget initiatives. As an advocate for many of the state’s most vulnerable groups, she played a key role in advancing the rights and increasing services for low-income families and at-risk youth, as well as Coloradans with disabilities, mental health and substance use conditions. Before working for the Colorado Department of Human Services, she was a contract lobbyist for various health organizations, including mental health and substance use care providers.

Lauren has a BA in Political Science from University of Colorado, Boulder and her Masters in Political Science from the University of Colorado, Denver.

Lauren grew up in Bayfield, Colorado and is an avid trail runner and skier. She currently resides in Denver with her husband and her two beloved Mastiffs.