Lauren Merk is a Policy Fellow on FPF’s Youth & Education Privacy team. Her work includes legal research, tracking privacy legislation on the state and federal levels, and contributing to FPF’s ongoing projects relating to student and child privacy. Before joining FPF as a fellow, she worked with the Youth & Education team as a student contractor.
Lauren earned her Juris Doctor degree from the University of Cincinnati College of Law. During law school, Lauren was involved with the University of Cincinnati Intellectual Property and Computer Law Journal as an Associate Member and Executive Editor. She was also a fellow with the UC Corporate Law Center and interned with the Center’s Entrepreneurship and Community Development Clinic. Additionally, she volunteered at the Hamilton County Municipal Court Help Center and completed a federal judicial externship at the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Ohio.
Prior to law school, Lauren attended Butler University where she majored in Strategic Communication and minored in Marketing. She completed internships in both the nonprofit and private sectors, including a marketing internship with Yelp Indianapolis.
Lauren is a member of the International Association of Privacy Professionals and holds a CIPP/US certification.