Lauren Ruffin

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Visiting Faculty

Lauren Ruffin is a thinker, designer, and leader interested in building strong, sustainable, anti-racist systems and organizations. She's interested in exploring how we can leverage new technologies to combat racial and economic injustice.


Ruffin is a co-founder of Crux with 20 years of experience in policy, marketing, fundraising, and strategic planning. She is a frequent speaker on best practices in leveraging immersive storytelling to combat racial and economic injustice. In addition to her work with Crux, she serves as co-CEO for Fractured Atlas, the nation's largest association of artists and creators. She is also the founder of Artist Campaign School, a new educational program that has trained more than 70 artists to run for political office. She graduated from Mount Holyoke College with a degree in Political Science and obtained a J.D. from the Howard University School of Law. Ruffin has served on the governing board of Black Girls Code and on the advisory boards of ArtUp and Black Girl Ventures. She was a guest faculty member at Bennington for Fall 2020 and returned as a visiting faculty member for Fall 2021.