Lauren Darling Bazel joined the Alpine Group after serving as the Senior Tax Policy Advisor to former Senator John Kerry (D-MA) and his interim replacement, Sen. William Cowan (D-MA). She joined the Kerry staff in October 2011 to support the Senator’s work on the Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction and continued to serve him and Sen. Cowan as the primary advisor on a range of tax, budget, housing and general economic matters.
Prior to her work with Senator Kerry, she was the Associate Director for Government Affairs at the Center for American Progress. As a member of the External Affairs Department, she was involved in multiple levels of outreach between interest groups and policymakers, and CAP policy and communications experts. Her primary issue areas were domestic economics, tax, budget, housing, mortgage finance and trade. She assisted and staffed the President, Executive Vice President, and other policy professionals with congressional testimony, and also advocated for CAP policy recommendations by working directly with Members of Congress, the Executive Branch, and outside progressive organizations on policy development, message development and legislative strategy.
Before joining the Center, she was the Senior Advisor for Tax Policy to Senator Maria Cantwell (D-WA) and supported the Senator in her capacity as a member of the Senate Finance Committee and Senate Small Business Committee. As her senior policy advisor, Lauren also was actively involved on the Senator’s behalf during consideration of several major pieces of legislation including the Emergency Economic Stabilization Act, the Housing and Economic Recovery Act, American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, and the Energy Independence Act of 2007.
Earlier in her career, Lauren was a Senior Manager at Washington Council Ernst & Young, where she lobbied on federal tax issues on behalf of corporate clients and before joining Ernst & Young in 1996, she was the Chief Tax Reporter for the BNA Daily Tax Report responsible for daily news coverage and analysis of federal budget and tax legislative issues.
Lauren has a B.A. in Social Studies Education and an M.A. in Legislative Affairs from the George Washington University in Washington D.C. She lives in Alexandria, Virginia with her husband Chris.