Lauren N. McCarthy is a Graduate Research Assistant in the Center for Transportation Public Private Partnership Policy. She is a doctoral student at George Mason University School of Policy, Government, and International Affairs. Her research interests include the intersection of technology, society and policy, particularly relating to the sharing economy through shared-use transportation companies, social entrepreneurship and small business development. She received her B.S. in Business Administration and M.A. in Geography from the State University of New York at Buffalo.