Lauren Roberts

Executive Director

Lauren is passionate about the importance of community-led initiatives and works everyday to increase the accessibility of long-term healing options for survivors of interpersonal violence. Before graduating with high honors from UC Santa Barbara, Lauren founded Thriving, Not Just Surviving, served as a founding member of the first International Student Advisory Board at UCSB, interned at the United Nations, and became an elected member of Phi Beta Kappa in 2019. Since graduating, Lauren has served as one of the founders, and the Executive Director, of The Thriving Initiative. She is committed to supporting the growth and sustainability of programs that serve and empower survivors and the community at large. Lauren admires the strength and unwavering compassion that makes The Thriving Initiative a community that is ever-growing-- including our officers, participants, providers, partners, donors, and volunteers!


Allison Du

Chief Financial Officer

Ally is a founding member of The Thriving Initiative and has a continued commitment to using her knowledge of economics, finance, and accounting to help make community-based work like ours possible. Ally graduated from UC Santa Barbara in 2021. During her time of attendance she served as an accounting Teaching Assistant. Ally is now a full-time auditor at EY, one of the big four public accounting firms, where she previously interned. She is currently pursuing her CPA licensure. Before finding her way to EY, Ally served as an Accounting Intern at a tech start-up, cementing the logistics of private accounting. When she is not crunching numbers, you can find her at the golf course, out in nature, or in office hours answering questions for her students.


Samantha Cheney

Chief Development Officer & Secretary

Samantha graduated from UC Santa Barbara with honors in 2020 with degrees in feminist studies, sociology and a minor in applied psychology. Before graduating, Samantha served as a research assistant in the Sociology department, worked as a behavior interventionist and interned with the Santa Barbara Public Defender. During her time at UCSB, Samantha recognized the ways in which violence affects communities and the resilience individuals and communities demonstrate in response. As one of the founders of The Thriving Initiative, Samantha is eager to promote healing and resilience for survivors and communities in Santa Barbara and beyond. Samantha is particularly fond of how The Thriving Initiative integrates community into personal healing so that all people are able to heal in new ways and under the resilient guidance of one another.