Lauren Herman, JD ’13
Harvard Public Service Venture Fund Immigration Fellow, Make the Road New Jersey
Lauren currently serves as the Harvard Public Service Venture Fund Immigrant Rights Fellow at Make the Road New Jersey, a member-led community organization that builds the power of Latino and working class communities through organizing, policy innovation, transformative education, and survival services. At Make the Road, she works with members to address legal issues related to tax, employment, and immigration in some of the most under-served communities in New Jersey.
Lauren also serves as a curriculum specialist at the Religious Freedom Center of the Newseum Institute. In this capacity, she helped develop a foundational course on “Religious Liberty and Contemporary American Public Life.”
After law school, Lauren clerked for the Honorable Chief Justice Stuart Rabner at the Supreme Court of New Jersey.
Prior to law school, Lauren was trained as a community organizer through JOIN for Justice, the Jewish Organizing Institute and Network for Justice. As an organizer and advocate, Lauren worked at the Workmen’s Circle Boston, a secular, progressive, Jewish community and cultural center where she was integral to Jewish-Muslim interfaith work in the greater-Boston area.
Lauren also worked at the Harvard University Committee on Human Rights Studies, where she managed the Scholars at Risk Program, providing fellowships for scholars who have been persecuted in their home country. With a team of allies across the University, Lauren coordinated legal and social services for the scholars and built a community of support.
Lauren has a bachelor’s degree from Cornell University in Near Eastern Studies and Peace and Gender Studies. She received her JD from Harvard Law School and a Masters in theological studies from Harvard Divinity School, where she focused on religion, ethics, and politics. She has written on the topics of tax treatment for gender-affirming health care, and genetic testing for citizenship purposes in Israel.