Chief Communications Officer

Lauren Hansen
Lauren Hansen

With nearly two decades of experience impacting public perception, Lauren leads the Department of Energy’s communications efforts for Thomas Jefferson National Accelerator Facility (Jefferson Lab) in Newport News, Virginia.

Accumulating more than 40 national and international peer awards, she has demonstrated her extensive expertise in crisis communications, public relations, marketing, event planning and community outreach.

Previously, Lauren was the Group Account Director for the communications firm PRR, based in Seattle, Washington from 2013 to 2016, leading national infrastructure project public relations efforts for public-sector clients in Washington D.C., Atlanta, GA, and throughout Virginia.

Before venturing into private industry, Lauren served as the public affairs and communications manager for the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT), leading public involvement and outreach efforts for almost a decade. In this role, Lauren was designated lead for the Commonwealth’s regional public and media outreach program during natural disasters, including Hurricane Irene and Sandy.

Before moving to Virginia, Lauren held the position of Advertising and Marketing Manager for Wilson Farms, Incorporated, and multi-million dollar wholesale and retail farming and import business based out of Lexington, Massachusetts.  She holds a Bachelor of Science in journalism from Northeastern University and lives in Williamsburg, Virginia.