Director of Education and Employment, Military Family Research Institute at Purdue University
Lauren Runco is director of education and employment at the Military Family Research Institute at Purdue University. She has experience as a military family member and firsthand knowledge about the challenges that service members face as they enter higher education and workplaces. Runco’s work at MFRI strengthens relationships with allies and advocates, helps increase resources for student service members, veterans, and their families, and helps influence higher education institutions to use proven models of success to better serve this population. She currently serves on the Board of Directors for Operation College Promise (OCP) and Operation Job Ready Veterans (OJRV). Runco chairs NASPA’s Veterans Knowledge Community and has received numerous honors. These include the Army Commander’s Award for Public Service and the “Supra et Extra” award from NASPA’s Veterans Knowledge Community. She earned her bachelor’s degree in international relations from the University of Scranton and her master’s in higher education administration from Marywood University.