As a Program Associate for WestEd’s Resilient and Healthy Schools and Communities team, Lauren Trout works with schools, communities, and larger education and justice systems to provide training, coaching, and technical support. Trout’s work centers equity and focuses on climate and culture, conflict resolution, harm prevention, and resiliency.
A restorative justice practitioner by profession, Trout uses restorative theory to shift trauma-informed practice, social-emotional wellbeing, and relationship-centered learning from being siloed programs into being paradigms, collective values, and guiding principles that inform and are embedded in structures and organizational culture. Trout specializes in using a restorative justice paradigm to transform systems of power, helping create climates that are inclusive, safe, and culturally responsive.
Prior to joining WestEd, Trout ran restorative justice programs for the Jefferson Parish District Attorney’s Office and Jefferson Parish Public School System in Louisiana. There, Trout facilitated victim-offender dialogues as an alternative to court and oversaw the implementation of restorative practices for the school district. As a trainer, facilitator, speaker, and consultant with over a decade of direct work with youth, communities, and systems, Trout has experience spanning local and national levels of education and criminal justice systems.
Trout received a BA in Political Science and International Studies from Saint Louis University, and is a native southerner currently residing in New Orleans, Louisiana.