Lauren Denton, MA

Lauren Denton is the Executive Director of The Mast Cell Disease Society and responsible for nationally raising awareness of rare mast cell diseases. Lauren is responsible for building advocacy and philanthropy, and managing coordinated researcher and clinician collaboration to drive innovation and emerging sustainable models of care delivery for the mast cell disease community.

Lauren brings a decade of experience in healthcare nonprofit sector leading operations and building multi-millions in capacity to enhance health initiatives with world-class health organizations across the nation. In 2020, Lauren was recognized as one of Association for Healthcare Philanthropy’s 40 Under 40, a cohort of young professionals who are shaping the future of the healthcare development industry.

Growing up with a family member who had an incurable disease, she learned the importance of quality and integrated healthcare, the need for advancement of research, along with the role of caregivers.

A pivotal step in her career journey was being able to witness the intersection of the power of philanthropy and process of improvement of patient-centered care from a rare disease perspective. Seeing the impact of one patient’s experience can make on how we approach research, provide care, or support the whole family, truly provides a vision and hope for a future of a more equitable and resilient healthcare delivery for those impacted by rare disease.

“I find it incredibly fulfilling to foster partnerships, sharing our voice for patients, and working to advance progress against mast cell diseases for our members.”