Lauren Bender

Lit Communities: COO

Lauren has worked in the Outside Plant telecommunications industry for 6 years in a variety of different roles ranging from design engineering, to project management, and business development. Her passion for Open Application Networks led to her becoming a co-founder of Lit Communities, and she helped to develop strategic, technological processes and operating procedures to first engage municipalities on the topic of broadband, and then successfully implement plans to bring these communities into the digital era. With a Bachelor of Science in Urban and Regional Planning and Geographic Information Science (GIS) certification from Texas State University – Lauren has a unique approach to working with communities on their broadband efforts, one that is open and engaging to the public, yet backed by data analytics and thoughtful planning on the private side. Through Lit Communities, Lauren will be living her dream of bridging the gap in the digital divide!