Lauren Morando Rhim 

Lauren is a researcher, consultant, and advocate for children. She has spent the last 20 years striving to identify strategies to create and sustain high quality public schools for all students. As the founder and president of LMR Consulting, Lauren’s practice specialized in pressing education reform issues pertaining to school restructuring and turnaround, charter schools, special education, and state and district support for school improvement. A significant portion of her work has been devoted to studying and providing technical assistance focused on supporting students with disabilities’ access to and success in charter schools. She recently co-authored and piloted rubrics for charter school authorizers to assess applicants’ and operators’ capacity to educate students with disabilities for the National Charter School Resource Center.

Before founding LMR Consulting, Lauren was a Senior Consultant at Public Impact where she conducted her own work and led project teams to produce research, evaluation, and technical assistance, and provide direct support to clients. Prior to becoming a consultant, Lauren was a faculty Research Associate at the College of Education at the University of Maryland, College Park where she conducted both research and external consulting and evaluations. While at UMD, Lauren directed Project Intersect, a four year, federally funded study of special education in charter schools and was a consultant to three other federally-funded initiatives examining issues involved with educating students with disabilities in the charter sector: Project SEARCH, SPETACS, and the TA Customizer.

Lauren is committed to community service on the local level and serves on her traditional public school board and is chairwoman of the Ledyard Charter School, a small alternative high school in Lebanon, New Hampshire.  A graduate of the University of Vermont, Lauren holds a Masters in Higher Education Administration from The George Washington University and a Ph.D. in Education Policy and Leadership from the University of Maryland, College Park.