Diversity Leader Leader (Water)

Lauren James


Lauren James is currently Manager, Communications and Supplier Diversity for Suburban Water Systems. Lauren is responsible for internal and external communications with customers, stakeholders, community-based organizations, and employees. She is also responsible for the Supplier Diversity program promoting the recruitment and use of women, minorities, disabled veterans, and war-owned business enterprises.
Lauren joined Suburban in 2015 to support the Covina-based water utility and other subsidiaries of SouthVitest Water Company. She is focused on building Sub-urban’s brand through several signature programs including supplier diversity, community service volunteering, community-based organization, and chamber memberships, employee quarterly meetings and events, community sponsorships, and local legislator partnerships. Lauren recently experienced a career highlight when Suburban achieved 49.7% diverse vendor spend in 2018 and 49.8% diverse spend in 2019; the highest in company history and 2nd overall amongst California regulated utilities. Lauren has a Bachelor’s Degree in Communications, Public Relations from the University of ta Verne, and is a proud resident of the City of Diamond Bar where she lives with her husband and two children.

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