Team Member Spotlight: Lauren Lizardo

Luminare Group is all about inspiring connections. How did you get connected with the team?

Jara and I worked on a project together over a decade ago. We go way back.

As someone who works on Financial Management for Luminare Group, what “ah-ha” moments do you help people have?

I indirectly help people have “ah-ha” moments by being the behind-the-scenes person who makes sure contracts are in tip-top shape and bills are paid on time.

Luminare Group is unrelenting in its pursuit of an equitable and just world. What drives you to do this work? What is the special something you bring to Luminare Group?

I too am in pursuit of an equitable and just world so whatever I can do to support anyone on the frontlines doing this work, I’m in. I work specifically with money and fully believe the more money in the economy that supports good is GOOD. The something special I bring is disobeying the rules. I manage money based on a company’s values, which changes analysis and the way it is managed overall.

Bright Ideas: What tip would you give to someone who is interested in learning more about your work?

Head over to

Get Lit: What are you reading right now?

Globalization and its Discontents Revisited by Joseph Stiglitz. (I’m glad you asked me that today and not two weeks ago.)

Lighten Up: What’s been the funniest moment you’ve experienced as part of Luminare Group?

Team video conference calls where my face freezes in the most unflattering way and I can hear the team chatting about it, thinking my audio has frozen too...

How can people get in touch with you?

Email me at or call me at 510-612-2449 if you like a live voice. Don’t text me though. It’s a flip-phone so my responses can seem flippant. No pun intended.

When you are not working, what can people most likely find you doing?

Running, geeking out on money news, perfecting my wonton-folding techniques, skiing, flyfishing, kayaking and dreaming BIG.

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