Our SPIRE staff are our arms and legs, and feet on the ground.

They turn our big plans and ideas into successful events and fruitful collaborations. They keep us on track and informed with SPIRE communications. They mind all the logistics, big and small, and serve SPIRE community members every day, with quality and care.

  • Preferred Name: Lauren

    Last Name: Barley

    Bio: Lauren came to SPIRE from the Stanford Institute for Economic Policy Research where she was director of outreach. Before that, Lauren was a senior researcher at the Harvard Business School for twelve years. She has also had careers in marketing as a brand manager at The Clorox Company, and as a tax specialist and certified public accountant with Arthur Andersen & Co. Serving as SPIRE's Executive Director allows Lauren to leverage her experience and skills dedicated to endeavors she enjoys: connecting people and networking in meaningful ways; running efficient and effective day-to-day operations; working with the SPIRE community-its Board, staff, members, and partners-to grow SPIRE in strategic ways; and all within the Stanford community. She earned her BA in economics from Stanford University and her MBA with honors from the Harvard Business School.