Lauren Jencik is a gender specialist with a passion for analyzing the impacts of conflicts and crises on gender. She has conducted extensive research on gender in conflict and humanitarian crises including the role of gender in peacebuilding and the causes and impacts of wartime sexual and gender-based violence on women, men, girls, and boys. Lauren has worked in multiple sectors with experience in humanitarian response as well as peacebuilding and capacity building of the security sector, with direct experience advising national police forces. Her goal is to challenge long-standing assumptions about gender, peace, and security such as integration of a more nuanced gender lens that considers masculinities and broadens conventional notions of women and girls in conflict and peacebuilding. Lauren holds a Master of Arts in Law and Diplomacy from the Fletcher School at Tufts University and a Bachelor of Arts in International Affairs from George Washington University.