Lauryn Magno

Program Associate
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Lauryn Magno serves as a program associate at the Water Foundation, where she collaborates closely with program officers on a diverse range of water issues. She aims to safeguard watersheds and secure clean, reliable water sources for communities across the country.


Before joining the Water Foundation, she was a Water Policy Associate at the Environmental Policy Innovation Center (EPIC). At EPIC, she worked to ensure the equitable allocation of public water infrastructure funds, primarily through the State Revolving Loan Funds programs, and increasing disadvantaged communities’ access to those funds. In addition, she’s held various internships including as an Environmental Policy Research Intern at the U.S. Embassy in Suva, Fiji and a Conservation Science Lead Intern at Reef Environmental Education Foundation (REEF) in the Florida Keys. Lauryn received a BA in International Relations from Oakland University.

Recent Blog Posts

"“What is the vitality and necessity of clean water? Ask the man who is ill, and who is lifting his lips to the cup. Ask the forest.”
Mary Oliver's words never resonated so powerfully with me. I grew up in the Great Lakes State but despite that, my childhood in Southeastern Michigan did not inherently grant me access to the water bodies I love. But I still remember being drawn to water, even without it near. I became an avid swimmer and scuba diver and explored different water environments any chance I had. My exploration of the water world coincided with the notorious and close-to-home Flint Water Crisis. The injustices that impacted my own community members over the right to clean water reminded me of the interconnectedness of the natural world, built infrastructure, and human society and demonstrated how decisions over water can perpetuate systemic inequities. "