Lauren M. Charneski is a Shareholder in the firm’s East Bay office, representing school and community college districts, and other nonprofit education entities, in a variety of construction, business, and charter school matters. Her focus provides a balanced understanding of the financial, administrative, and operational issues that often overlap practice areas.
Lauren has worked extensively with districts on construction bond programs and stand-alone construction projects, providing practical, timely advice and counsel on a range of issues. Regarding construction bond programs, Lauren’s expertise extends from initial program planning through program closeout. She has spoken at industry conferences, provided trainings to district staff, and presented to boards on various topics including: bond program life cycles, bond program planning, bond team building/consultant procurement, and project delivery methods.
For both construction bond programs and individual projects, Lauren routinely works with district staff and key consultants such as Program Managers, Construction Managers, and Architects. She ensures compliant consultant procurement, engages in contract negotiations, and advises on compliant contractor procurement under various project delivery methods. During a program or project, if performance, scope, or payment issues arise, Lauren works to help resolve those disputes effectively and efficiently. She is also highly experienced with a host of miscellaneous issues such as Citizens Bond Oversight Committees, contractor prequalification, bid protests, CUPCCAA procurement, prevailing wage, and certified payroll requests.
Lauren also advises and provides training on a range of business and charter matters. She works with districts on the procurement of non-construction goods and services utilizing alternate procurement approaches such as “piggyback,” CMAS, and cooperative purchasing contracts, as well as the procurement of specialized professional services and the procurement of technology and negotiation of SaaS and similar agreements. Lauren also works with charter authorizers on issues such as charter petitions, petition appeals, and charter school oversight.