Lauren Montgomery 

Lauren is a CCPA senior majoring in Public Relations and Strategic Communications with a minor in Advertising. She is from Pasadena, CA. 

Lauren has previously interned for a variety of companies, including the National Football League (NFL) and FreeRange Concepts. This fall, Lauren will continue her education in the field by pursuing a Masters of Arts in Public Relations and Advertising at USC Annenberg. She hopes to pursue a career in public relations that is honest and motivating to society. “I would love to do one day work for a major beauty company because I believe that there is a lot of tension surrounding the message behind beauty companies and I hope to shape this message to be one that encourages natural and honest beauty in all women and not one that makes us feel marginalized, “ she said.   

When she is not busy with schoolwork, Lauren loves to take pilates classes with friends, walk the Katy Trail, try new Dallas restaurants and work on her latest painting project. She hopes to travel to London soon since her London study abroad program was canceled due to the pandemic. After graduating, Lauren will miss lunches on the Dallas Hall lawn with her friends and all the amazing CCPA teachers that have helped to shape the inquisitive and driven individual she is. 

Lauren is delighted to be a CCPA fellowship this spring. “I look forward to working with my amazing peers and continuing to explore my passion for the communications market. I hope to add value to this program and my SMU community,” she said.

Welcome to the spring CCPA Fellows team, Lauren!


Kate McLeod

Kate is a CCPA junior double majoring in Public Relations and Strategic Communication and Journalism with a minor in Corporate Communication and Public Affairs. She is from Tyler, TX. 

She currently works as a communications intern for SMU’s Office of the Provost and as a digital marketing intern for Front Desk Dallas, a local office furniture store. This summer, Kate will move to beautiful New Hampshire to be an internal communications intern for the Swiss chocolate company Lindt & Sprüngli.

In addition to her internships, Kate is currently the Arts & Culture editor for SMU’s student-led newspaper The Daily Campus. She previously served as a producer for SMU’s student-led broadcasting program The Daily Update and was an international student leader for the International Student and Scholar Services Office.

On her days off, you’ll likely find Kate walking around the Dallas Arboretum or relaxing in a hammock by White Rock Lake, as she loves spending time outdoors. She previously studied human rights, Holocaust history, and Jewish history abroad in Poland and Ukraine with the SMU Human Rights Program. 

Kate is excited to join the CCPA fellowship team this year, “I’m grateful to be a member of this team and to support the CCPA department in any way I can,” she said.

Welcome to the spring CCPA Fellows team, Kate!

Caroline Kester

Caroline Kester

Caroline is a CCPA senior pursuing degrees in Public Relations and Strategic Communication with a minor in Spanish. She is from Charleston, SC.

Caroline has previously worked as an intern for South Carolina Senator Tim Scott. Additionally, she has worked as a wholesale intern for Proenza Schouler, a luxury apparel brand, and Hampden Clothing, named a top US boutique by Vogue, as an eCommerce assistant and store intern. She hopes to put her communications degree and internship experience to use in the fashion global industry.

On days off, Caroline enjoys walking the Katy Trail, taking SoulCycle classes, and trying new restaurants in Dallas. Caroline loves to travel, particularly to any destination with water, as she loves living at the beach. She previously studied abroad in Barcelona for the semester, where she worked on her Spanish skills and traveled across Europe.

Caroline is excited to join the CCPA fellowship team this year, “I am so excited to be involved in such a great department and help this program grow,” she said.

Welcome to the spring CCPA Fellows team, Caroline!

Charlotte Friend

Charlotte Friend

Charlotte FriendCharlotte is a CCPA senior pursuing degrees in Public Relations and Strategic Communication and Spanish. She is from New Orleans, Louisiana and loves visiting home as often as possible to see her English Cream Golden Retriever, Ellie.  

Charlotte currently serves as Vice President Operations for her sorority, Pi Beta Phi and loves contributing to an organization that has been such a large part of her collegiate experience. Previously she interned for The Scout Guide New Orleans, a local publication in The Big Easy, where she strategized and developed creative content alongside the editor-in-chief. 

After graduating from SMU, Charlotte hopes to continue her education and attend law school. She intends to pursue a career that enables her to utilize her bilingualism to help others. On top of that, she would like to work abroad someday as she spent a semester in Barcelona, Spain, and fell in love with travel and taking on new adventures.