LAUREN MCDONNELL

Role at MMG: Operations Coordinator

Lauren’s professional passion: “I firmly believe that if you spend your life doing good work, you will never work a day in your life,” Lauren says. “I love that I can play even a small part in helping nonprofits serve their communities. There is something profoundly humbling and rewarding, knowing how many lives are positively impacted by our work.”

What drew her to MMG: Lauren was initially connected from the company’s launch because of her husband’s friendship with Josh Aranda.

I chose to work for MMG because of my firm belief in what MMG stands for, and its values. That has continuously been reaffirmed for me.

She says, “It has given me the opportunity to work with people I admire personally and professionally.”

Favorite part of her role: “My favorite part about my role is the opportunity to work on a wide range of projects with different team members,” Lauren says. “I have been lucky to work closely with just about everybody on the team on some project or another.”

What drives Lauren to serve nonprofits:

Serving nonprofits encompasses values I strive to live out and values I hope to instill in my children: service, love and compassion for all.

She shares, “I’m passionate about serving nonprofits because they have an immeasurable impact that reaches so many communities.”

Education and career highlights: Lauren holds three degrees — her undergraduate degree from St. Louis University, a Master of Arts in Higher Education from Southeast Missouri State University, and her MBA from Webster University. She has worked both in the Admissions and Financial Aid offices at Webster University.

Family: Lauren is married to her high school sweetheart, Jimmy. Together they have two sons, James and Patrick.

Outside MMG: Whether it’s going on walks, playing at the park or playing soccer, Lauren enjoys spending time with her husband and children. Outside of her MMG work, Lauren coaches soccer and is a certified personal trainer.

Hidden talent: Lauren’s hidden talent is also a delicious one — she can bake!

A cause Lauren loves: “The Special Needs Soccer Association holds a special place in my heart,” she says. The nonprofit serves young people with disabilities and gives them the chance to play soccer in a structured environment. “It’s a wonderful cause that brings soccer to those who may not otherwise have the opportunity to play.”

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