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Lauren (Greenwood) Menon

Policy Analyst, Security and Foreign Affairs

Lauren (Greenwood) Menon joined the Commission as a Congressional Fellow in 2021 and became a Policy Analyst on the Security and Foreign Affairs team in 2022. Prior to her time at the Commission, she served in the U.S. Senate. She also previously worked as a policy analyst for a D.C.-based government relations firm that worked to bridge the gap between technology companies and Members of Congress. Lauren was a graduate assistant at Seton Hall University where she earned a Master of Arts in Diplomacy and International Relations with specializations in negotiation and conflict management, and foreign policy analysis. She received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Global Studies, Chinese, and Teaching English as a Second Language from Appalachian State University. Lauren has lived and studied in China and speaks Mandarin Chinese. As a part of her studies, she participated in the U.S. Department of State’s Critical Language Scholarship program in Xiamen, China.

Areas of Interest and Expertise

  • Chinese global influence and interference (supported 2023 hearing)
  • Chinese pursuit of domestic food security and U.S. agricultural land
  • Fentanyl precursors trafficked from China
  • Global supply chain competition and U.S. defense industrial base resiliency (supported 2022 hearing)

Published Research