Lauren Espina

Marketing and Communications Manager

Born in the San Fernando Valley, Lauren is a first-generation Filipinx American who was raised with three sisters by two immigrant parents and a massive extended family.

Lauren moved to San Francisco in 2008 to study Communications at the University of California. USF was the first time academic setting in which she was not a minority, and this shift in environment and self-perception inspired her to get involved with community organizing around music, art, and social justice. She graduated in 2012 and immediately joined the tech marketing workforce in the Bay Area. She climbed the ladder at her first job out of college, scaling from intern to Director of Communications and PR within 6 years. During the same period, she founded Sea Witch Productions, a local music and arts production company dedicated to promoting equal representation in the art through events and story-telling.

Bridging the gap between her professional marketing experience and her passion for advocacy, she joined the Code2040 team as the Marketing and Communications Manager in 2018. As a WOC and as an ally in this work, she's excited to be a part of a team where she can grow and learn both personally and professionally.