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Article written by Florence Sumaray, WWPR Member, Realtor, The Nellis Group

Lauren Games, communications manager at DC International School, is a new addition to WWPR’s membership. She enjoys the challenge of her job that every day is different while balancing it all.

How she got started in PR
Lauren pursued a BA in International Studies and Spanish at West Virginia University (WVU) and a Master’s of Public and International Affairs from the University of Pittsburgh (PITT). Shortly after school, she relocated to the Washington D.C. area and began working at DC International School, a public charter school as a communications manager.

Challenges at work
Lauren says her favorite and most challenging part of her job is that every day is different. As the only staff member dedicated to communications and marketing, she oversees everything from branding to recruitment to their digital presence. It can be hard to balance it all, but Lauren loves that she is always learning and growing.

“As the only staff member within her organization that handles PR, I felt the need to find a professional network that can help support, mentor and teach me more about the field. Don’t be afraid to jump right in!”

Outside the Office
Lauren finds that she does her best work when she sets boundaries and relaxes outside of the office. She loves to spend time decompressing by hiking with her dog, working out, reading, or trying new restaurants. Lauren is involved in the local alumni groups for PITT, WVU, and her sorority, Phi Mu. It’s been beneficial personally and professionally for her to connect with others in the DC area who have shared backgrounds and experiences. She regularly attends networking and professional development events for PR professionals in charter schools on how to utilize communications trends and best practices to her specific role and organization.