Lauren Gjessing was raised in Cincinnati and is a current student at Antioch College. She studies political economy and is interested in resilient communities, food systems, and community engagement. She transferred from Ohio University. She has been involved with Antioch College’s student union, the school’s fossil fuel divestment initiative, and the Sustainability Committee. She has worked locally on the Antioch College farm and for the Tecumseh Land Trust and helped with educational outreach. Last winter she was an intern at the Land Institute in Kansas where she helped with agriculture research focused on long-term sustainability.