Lauren Embrey is President and the Philanthropic Visionary of The Embrey Family Foundation and CEO of Embrey Interests, Ltd located in Dallas, TX. She also serves as a Board Member of The AT&T Performing Arts Center (Vice Chair), The Dallas Holocaust Museum, The Dallas Theater Center, TACA and The Letot Center Foundation Board in Dallas, Texas Futures Project in Austin, The Democracy Alliance in DC, and The Women’s Media Center (Former Board Chair), ERA Coalition, Take The Lead, PEN America, and Women Moving Millions in New York City.
Lauren serves on the Advisory Board for Human Rights Initiative in Dallas, Nomi Network in NYC, The National Observer in Vancouver BC, the Honorary Board for Have Art Will Travel in New York City and Titas in Dallas. She is the current Co-Chair for Kitchen Dog Theater’s Stay Campaign.
Lauren’s passion is theater, dance, film and human rights work. She produced the U.S. Premiere of Truth in Translation in 2007 at Southern Methodist University. She is Executive Producer for the documentary Playground, a film on the commercial sexual exploitation of children in America, and a documentary on The Apollo Theater. She is involved in Chicken n Egg Pictures, Impact Partners and The Sundance Institute.
Lauren is currently aiding in the development of The Global Arts Corps next theatrical production, and in the development and production of a film on the life of Bert Williams.
Lauren is a member of Women Moving Millions, The Threshold Foundation, The Democracy Alliance, and Synergos Institute’s Global Philanthropist Circle.
Lauren received the Women That Soar Award for Philanthropy in Dallas, TX in 2009. The Embrey Family Foundation received the Award for Outstanding Foundation by the Greater Dallas Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals and the Angel of Freedom Award from Human Rights Initiative in 2009. In 2015, the Foundation received The Destiny Award from St. Phillips School in Dallas for their Dallas Faces Race Initiative. Lauren received the Champion of Human Rights Award given by Mosaic Services, the Peacemaker Award from Peacemakers International, and the Women Who Give Hope Award given by The Chiapas Project in 2010 and was recognized as one of Womens Enews 21 Leaders for the 21st Century in 2011 and The MS Foundation for Women’s Women of Vision Philanthropy Award in 2013. She received Ignite’s Trailblazer Award, Chicken and Egg Pictures’ Good Egg Award, The Pachamama Alliance’s Philanthropy Award, Dallas Women’s Foundation’s Maura Award, and She Should Run’s Wendy Award in 2014. She was awarded the Force for Change Award by the Texas Equal Access Fund in 2015 and The Abolitionist Award from Nomi Network in 2016, The Dallas Holocaust Museum’s Hope for Humanity Award in 2017 and The Women’s Media Center’s Catalyst Award in 2019.
The Embrey Foundation is a member of the 100% network, aligning 100% of their assets with their values. The Embrey Family Foundation has supported and invested in many community and national efforts that further the business and leadership of women and communities of color.
The Embrey Family Foundation founded an initiative in 2013 called Dallas Faces Race. This initiative grew and culminated into a partnership with the W K Kellogg Foundation’s Truth Racial Healing and Transformation work in 2017.
Lauren received her Bachelor’s in Business Administrations and her Masters in Liberal Studies from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, TX.
Lauren is currently working on her first fiction novel scheduled to be complete in 2020.