Lauren Wakham was born and raised in San Diego, California. She is a full-time student at San Diego State University committed to completing a Bachelor of Science degree in Public Health. Growing up on a horse ranch in an area rife with environmental challenges cemented an early interest in the environment and its relationship to the health of communities. Upon completion of her bachelor’s degree, she plans to pursue a master’s degree in Environmental Health which will allow her to expand her knowledge of the relationships between environmental concerns and people. She hopes to one day excel in a career where she helps others to maintain the highest standards of environmental stewardship and ensures the health and safety of her community. Lauren applied to the SDCRAA internship program with the desire to understand how environmental concerns are managed at the airport to ensure the health and safety of the community.

Lauren loves spending time with her family, friends and animals. When not studying or working, Lauren enjoys hiking, horseback riding, rugby, gardening, reading and watching her three-year-old daughter experience the world around her.