Introducing our Washington, DC Production Team!

Katie Gommel

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Katie has been a resident of the District for over nine years. She is an experienced public relations professional and currently an Account Manager at Sunshine Sachs, a full service communications firm. She specializes in public affairs campaigns, issue advocacy, media relations and nonprofit client management. Previously, Katie held roles at the ACLU and the American Association for Justice.

Katie was born and raised in Western New York and earned a B.A. in Political Science and a minor in History from Stony Brook University. When she is not working, Katie enjoys traveling, running, cheering on the Nats and spending time with her friends.

Katie has a keen interest in the role of policy and government to improve mental health care for all Americans, but it is her personal connections to mental health that has motivated her to join the D.C. production team. She continues to be inspired by some of her closest friends living with mental illness. Through this experience, Katie hopes to learn more about mental health in order to be the best ally in the fight to end the stigma around mental illness.

Lauren Kenney

Lauren is so excited to be producing the 2018 This Is My Brave D.C. show! Lauren is an alum of the 2017 TIMB D.C. show and has been working with This Is My Brave since 2016. She started as a social media volunteer and in March of 2018 was hired full time as Program Manager. As Program Manager, Lauren oversees all of the shows This Is My Brave puts on across the country. She also still manages social media.


Lauren is originally from Rochester, NY and made her way to D.C. via Buffalo in 2016. Prior to working for This Is My Brave, she spent 10 years working in the hospitality industry in event planning and food and beverage. She graduated from Niagara University in 2010 with a B.S. in Hospitality and Tourism Management. In her spare time, she enjoys traveling, spending time with her friends and taking walks with her dog Caroline.

Mental Illness has been part of Lauren’s life for as long as she can remember. She lost her Dad to suicide in 1998 and was diagnosed with depression in 2016. Lauren is passionate about mental health advocacy and not only loves her work with This Is My Brave but also enjoys volunteering with the local chapter of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. She is determined to help end the stigma of mental illness one person and one story at a time.