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Lecturer in Public Policy
Assistant: Alison Kommer

Lauren Brodsky is the Senior Director of the HKS Communications Program and a Lecturer in Public Policy. She teaches courses on policy writing and persuasive communications, and is the Faculty Chair of the executive education program, “Persuasive Communication: Narrative, Evidence, Impact.”

Lauren’s writing has appeared in Harvard Business Review and Fast Company, and she is a co-author of Because Data Can’t Speak for Itself, published by Johns Hopkins University Press, 2023. She also publishes the website Policy Memo Resource ( at HKS.

Lauren lectures widely on policy communications and the use of evidence in writing for governmental agencies and non-profit organizations.

Before coming to HKS, Lauren taught courses on communications and international relations at Northeastern University, Tufts University, SUNY Albany, and Skidmore College.  She is a former Theodore Sorensen Research Fellow at the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum, where she conducted archival research on public diplomacy programs during the Kennedy administration.

Lauren holds a B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania and an M.A.L.D. and Ph.D. from the Fletcher School at Tufts University.

Executive Education Programs

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Outside Professional Activities For Lauren Brodsky

Organization Relationship
Inter-American Development Bank Consulting
Inter-American Development Bank Speaking engagement, invited lecture, or presentation


Assistant: Alison Kommer

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