Lauren M. Miller
To the world, Lauren Miller is an environmental scientist and resiliency expert with extensive knowledge in the area of climate change services. But to her clients, Lauren is a master manager of stakeholder relationships, developing long-lasting partnerships that promote collaboration and participation among all team members. She’s spread her expertise around the world—from Boston to Jakarta—and has helped clients like the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Institute for Water Resources observe and plan for the future impacts of climate change. And, she's a leader in helping our clients address the requirements for risk and resilience assessments in compliance with America's Water Infrastructure Act (AWIA).
What inspires you? I get inspiration from those who, in their own way, promote positive change. I’m fortunate to work with people who have entered their respective fields to be change-makers and I find that their collaborations reinforce my professional purpose.
Which of CDM Smith’s core values do you identify with? Shared commitment because I believe we must work collaboratively to solve the real, difficult challenges ahead. CDM Smith has an important role to play in implementing solutions to climate change. I work with others to continually improve our internal capacity to address these challenges, as well as shine a spotlight on the firm’s leadership on these issues.
What’s the best part of your day? I love my walk to work at our world headquarters here in the heart of Boston. Every morning, I see the Old North Church, pass the Old State House and walk a small part of the Freedom Trail. Some days at lunch, I even get to spend time near our beautiful harbor. I’m reminded of the city’s rich history as the foundation of our country while simultaneously being inspired to help protect its future.
What are your 3 non-work passions? First is the greatest team in all of sports: the Boston Red Sox. I also love travel. During my years as an undergrad, I studied abroad three times and since then I’ve hit five continents and three oceans with near-term plans to get to a sixth continent and fourth ocean very soon! My third and most recent passion is yoga and meditation; I’m a recent convert but it’s helped me focus on the real priorities and keep balance in my life.
When it comes to resiliency, we’re all in this together.
Lauren serves on the Cambridge, Mass. Climate Protection Action Committee, which advises the City Manager on how to address climate change issues ranging from greenhouse gas reduction measures to actions that enhance Cambridge as a resilient city.