Lauren Dominguez Chan


Lauren believes that good writing can heal people — literally. That’s how she found herself writing speeches for the nation’s doctor, U.S. Surgeon General Vivek Murthy.

As the first member of and sole speechwriter on Dr. Murthy’s communications team, Lauren quickly became part of a historic effort to get Americans vaccinated against COVID-19, writing remarks for weekly White House press conferences, national PSAs, and more. Lauren also helped shape the narrative on public health priorities from online misinformation to the youth mental health crisis.

Previously, Lauren supported a team of West Wing Writers scripting the 2020 Democratic National Convention, researching and distilling the stories of elected officials at every level of government.

Lauren graduated summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa from Yale, where she studied English, led interfaith communities, and enjoyed New England so much that she decided to stay.

Originally from the San Francisco Bay Area, Lauren now lives in New Haven, Connecticut, which FiveThirtyEight named the area most demographically similar to the United States as a whole. You can find her reading, hosting friends, and hiking in all seasons.