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Richmond, Va., November 15, 2023 – Advantus Strategies, a Richmond-based consulting firm specializing in government relations, business development and environment and natural resource matters, has strengthened its government affairs team with the addition of Lauren Gilbert as Government Relations Associate.

Before joining Advantus, she served as Associate Director and Director of Programs for the Sorensen Institute at the University of Virginia’s Weldon Cooper School of Public Service. In her positions, she worked directly with over 1,200 program participants ranging from high school students to seasoned elected officials.

“Lauren has built her career on the foundations of promoting good governance, encouraging professional development, and service to Virginia,” said Robert G. Crockett, President. “Her experience at the Sorensen Institute has helped her develop an extensive professional network in Virginia’s public and business community. We anticipate that Lauren’s keen understanding of state and local government and public policy matters will provide great value to our existing and future clients.”

“We are delighted to welcome Lauren Gilbert to our team at Advantus,” said Kathy Burcher, Senior Director of Government Relations. “Lauren’s tremendous relationships at the General Assembly will be as asset as she assists with our lobbying and advocacy work, especially during session. We also know that the skills, knowledge, and talent that Lauren brings with her will be an invaluable asset to our firm and our clients.”

About Lauren Gilbert

As the Associate Director and Director of Programs at the Sorensen Institute, Gilbert was responsible for planning and execution of all Sorensen Institute Programs.

Gilbert has more than 12 years of experience working with Virginia public officials on pressing policy and educational issues. Prior to her service with the Sorensen Institute, she served political campaigns in Virginia.

Gilbert has a bachelor’s degree in political science and political communications from James Madison University. She also earned a master’s degree in political administration from the Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. She is originally from Alexandria, VA and currently resides in Richmond, VA.

About Advantus Strategies

Founded in 1998, Richmond, Va.-based Advantus Strategies helps organizations and businesses work more closely and effectively with Virginia government. As it has grown over time, the Advantus team consistently focuses on delivering sustained client success in government relations, coalition building and advocacy, business development and association management. More information at

Contact: Robert G. Crockett