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Farewell to the Center’s Program Manager


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The Center is saying farewell to a longtime associate of the Center: Lauren N. McCarthy. Lauren began at the Center as a Graduate Research Assistant in 2015 and became the Program Manager in the Fall of 2017. Lauren has accepted a position with the Shared-Use Mobility Center (SUMC) and will be relocating to SUMC’s Los Angeles office. Lauren’s research focus is on shared-use mobility, and she recently defended her dissertation proposal titled “Micro-mobility and the Policy Process: Policymaking in the Age of the Smart City.” Her research on P3s, mobility, and her work as program manager of the Center have prepared her well for her new position. Lauren is excited to embark on a new chapter of her career and to work on the pressing transportation issues that face many large urban areas.

Lauren’s time at the Center yielded many insightful experiences, and beyond working with a great group of people, Lauren has had the opportunity to work on a broad range of research topics surrounding P3s in the United States. Some of Lauren’s accomplishments while at the Center include organizing the annual P3 Forum, multiple fellowships and scholarship awards, obtaining a broad reach of scholarship through various outlets, speaking engagements, adjunct teaching, and assistance. Some of the highlights of Lauren’s tenure with the P3 Center include selection as a 2019 Google Policy Fellow and AIAI 2017 Infrastructure Scholar, publication in Transport Policy: “Understanding project cancellation risks in U.S. P3 surface transportation infrastructure,” and presenting her research on P3s at Transportation Research Board (TRB) conference, Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management (APPAM), the World Conference on Transportation Research (WCTR), Transportation Research Forum (TRF), and the Annual Symposium on Transportation Informatics.

Lauren extends a heartfelt thank you to everyone she has worked with during her time at the P3 Center. To keep up with her activities follow her on twitter at @lmccart5 or check out her website at