Lauren McCollum chairs AUVSI’s Advocacy Committee which steers public policy engagement with lawmakers, regulators, and industry stakeholders. Her tireless dedication to the association and the unmanned systems industry has earned her AUVSI’s Member of the Year.
During the very busy 2015, Lauren created a Technical Advisory Subcommittee of top subject matter experts to formulate AUVSI’s response to the FAA’s Notice of Proposed Rule Making on Small UAS. She also recommended the board of directors establish the AUVSI Political Action Committee to support congressional candidates who appreciate the concerns of the unmanned systems community. She led the transition of the Advocacy Committee from an ad hoc to a standing committee, underscoring the critical role of advocacy in AUVSI’s strategy.
An experienced government relations professional for aerospace and defense contractors, Lauren is director of Legislative Affairs for Intelligence, Joint and Science and Technology Programs at Lockheed Martin. She previously worked in government relations for Raytheon, TRW and Northrop Grumman. Lauren personifies AUVSI’s goal to be the undisputed advocate and voice for the robotics and unmanned systems industry, and this award is in recognition of her significant contributions and achievements.