The A Team
Lauren holds a MA in Global Finance, Trade, and Economic Integration from the prestigious Josef Korbel School of International Studies with concentrations in International Development and Nonprofit Management. She also holds a BS in Economics from Texas A&M University. She has consulted for numerous NGO’s around the world, streamlining project management systems and creating monitoring and evaluation strategies. Working across multiple sectors such as global health, microfinance, and community development, has cemented her passion for building underlying economic capacity - the only sustainable solution to endemic cyclical poverty. She currently resides in Colorado Springs with her husband and 2 children, ages 15 and 8.
After obtaining her B.S. in Business Administration with a minor in Human Psychology from Liberty University, Jessica longed to share her business knowledge and experience with those that could benefit, specifically those in impoverished communities. This led her to join the mission of Alternativ in January 2017. Prior to her joining the A Team, Jessica was the general manager for a company that grew twice in size over a five-year period. Her background working in business domestically furthers her passion to see community and economic development mature worldwide through sustainable and practical methods of implementation. She is a proud native to Colorado Springs and enjoys hiking, strong cappuccinos, and international travel.
Aja has a BS in Business Management from Bay Path University with honors. She has primarily worked in investment banking, with a wide range of experience in marketing and communications, relationship management, and event planning. Additionally, Aja is also a certified ESL instructor and has volunteered her time to serve a number of organizations and schools in the Colorado Springs community. Aja is excited to bring her years of talent in multiple arenas to impact the lives of those in poverty all over the globe. She currently resides in Colorado Springs with her family.
Alternativ Advisory Board
New Horizons Foundation Board of Directors
The Alternativ Project is under the fiscal management of the New Horizons Foundations. New Horizons supports the charitable objectives of their projects. They currently have over 300 projects helping people change the world by turning their vision into reality.