Lauren Clayton is an artist, graphic designer, and founder of Studio 162 in Stamford, CT. She studied at the Cooper Union School of Art in NYC before receiving a grant from the Miller Brewing Company’s Urban Entrepreneur Business Grant Series to help launch Studio 162 in 2003. Lauren began specialized in designing family heirloom books at the start of her business but has grown to offer a variety of creative solutions. In recent years, Lauren has developed a special focus on working for non-profit organizations whose mission she supports with powerful design. The organizations include, but are not limited to, Abilis, Greenwich Hospital, Bruce Museum, the Yerwood Center, the Greenwich International Film Festival, and the Pediatric Cancer Foundation. As an artist, she explores the idea of connections, ethnicity, and our impact on our environment and community. She participates in creative initiatives, mural projects, and art fairs largely in lower Fairfield County. Lauren is active in her community by serving on local boards–previously the Yerwood Center and the Brian Bill Memorial Foundation, and currently the Journal of Hope. She also mentors students and offers internships and discounted design rates for non-profits. Lauren is a Jackie Robinson Foundation Scholar alum.