Washingtonian of the Year

We are thrilled to share that our Executive Director, Lauren Anderson, has been named a 2022 Washingtonian of the Year!

Read Lauren’s interview and see the whole list of Washingtonians here!

This year, the Washingtonian gave the honor to 11 locals “who make our region an even better place.” The list includes journalist Bob Woodward, pitcher Sean Doolittle, and nonprofit executive directors like Adriana Gomez Schellhaas (Casa Chirilagua) and Alana Brown (Safe Sisters Circle).

Lauren has led Our Minds Matter with grace and determination since 2012 (when we were the Josh Anderson Foundation, named for her brother Josh, who died by suicide in 2009), and our entire staff and board are incredibly proud of this accomplishment.

In the Washingtonian interview, Lauren reflects on OMM’s work these past 10 years: “We’re faced with a mounting youth mental-health crisis…If we can make a difference for just one life, our work would be done, but I think we’ve made a difference for many, many lives.”

Want to celebrate this amazing achievement? Consider making an end-of-year gift to Our Minds Matter. We have a goal to raise $200,000 for our 10-year anniversary by the end of this year. We’re just $30,000 from reaching this goal. Contribute any amount today and you’ll help us reach teens with critical mental health support in 2023.