Employee Spotlight

Lauren Woodzicka - April Featured Employee

Lauren is a recent graduate of Lawrence University, with a dual degree in English Literature and Film Studies. Lauren joined the non-profit sector as an AmeriCorps member in her home state of Wisconsin in 2022, and served as a Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Coordinator for the Girl Scouts. In her free time, she enjoys cross stitching, watching movies with her cat Clio, and thrifting.

Briefly describe what you do in a day.

On a typical day, I’m creating grants and communications content, ranging from letters of interest, annual reports, social media, and more.

What is the best part of your job?

The best part of my job is collaborating with and learning from a talented group of women. The JMA team is incredibly supportive and helps me become a better writer each and every day.

What is your proudest moment at JMA?

My proudest moment thus far has been writing two speeches for a gala. It’s exciting to take on projects that are new to me, since I know I have a great team supporting me.  

What are three words to describe yourself?

Detail-oriented, curious, and driven

What’s one thing we wouldn’t necessarily know about you?

I’m a bit of a trinket collector/hoarder – I love going to thrift stores or antique shops to find weird, kitschy stuff. Most recently I have developed a collection of vintage lamps, Campbell soup mugs, and Garfield merchandise from the 80’s.

What is the best meal you’ve had?

I recently started going to a Russian restaurant called Moscow on the Hill in St. Paul and am obsessed with all their food and drinks (especially their dumplings).