Oklahoma Foundation for Excellence Announces New School Foundations Network Director, Program Specialist

Oklahoma Foundation for Excellence Announces New School Foundations Network Director, Program Specialist

Lauren Dow, a leader in nonprofit operations and development, has been named director of the Oklahoma School Foundations Network and program specialist for the Oklahoma Foundation for Excellence, a nonprofit that recognizes and encourages academic excellence in Oklahoma’s public schools.

In her new role, Dow will provide training and networking opportunities to Oklahoma school foundation leaders and groups seeking to establish foundations in their communities. Through its outreach program, the Oklahoma Foundation for Excellence has helped build one of the nation’s largest networks of public school foundations, with more than 200 established to date. These citizen-led nonprofits raise millions of dollars each year to promote academic excellence in their districts and encourage community involvement in their local schools.

In addition, as program specialist, Dow will oversee the foundation’s Boren Mentoring Initiative, which supports the growth and development of quality K-12 mentoring programs. She will also be involved in the support and growth of the foundation’s other programs serving teachers and students, including its Teacher Professional Development and Early American History Education programs.

“We are thrilled to welcome Lauren Dow to our staff,” said Elizabeth Inbody, executive director of the Oklahoma Foundation for Excellence. “Lauren’s passion lies in developing internal operations which will support meaningful relationships with school foundations, students, teachers and our supporters. She is an expert in developing win-win partnerships. Lauren will be an impactful asset to our team and those we serve.”

Dow previously served as development coordinator for Oklahoma Contemporary Arts Center, where she managed grants and development operations for the organization’s $30 million capital campaign. She has also worked in the social services sector, supporting development operations for SISU Youth Services and the Homeless Alliance. A Perry native, Dow earned her bachelor’s degree in English from the University of Central Oklahoma.

“I’m so honored and excited to support the incredible work of educators and school foundations across the state,” Dow said. “As a graduate of a rural Oklahoma school, I know firsthand the impact and importance of equitable, quality education. The work of the Oklahoma Foundation for Excellence champions the needs of Oklahoma public schools and students, and I’m proud to help advance that mission in my new role.”