Lauren Haller grew up in a family with high expectations.
Haller’s great-great-grandfather was an emancipated slave who became a Walker County commissioner and, in 1893, became one of the first African Americans elected to the Texas Legislature.
Her mother is a judge in Houston and her father was an executive at an international multiline insurer dealing with downstream energy properties.
Haller’s photo album as a youth included photos of dinner with President George H.W. Bush, shaking hands with Presidents George W. Bush and Bill Clinton, hugs with Texas Gov. Ann Richards and poses with civil rights icon and Congressman John Lewis.