Lauren Holtkamp-Sterling believes sport is a unique means for encountering the sacred gifts of life and service. She has the joy of living this out as an official in the NBA and is entering her fifth season. Prior to joining the NBA staff, Lauren developed in the D-League for six seasons and officiated the 2013 and 2014 D-League Finals. She also served the game by officiating in the WNBA for four seasons and worked the 2014 Conference Finals.
Lauren also has experience officiating in the NCAA, working in the Atlantic Coast Conference, Big Ten, Big 12, American, Big East, and the Colonial Athletic Conference prior to joining the NBA. She also officiated various FIBA competitions, including the 2010 World University Games, and the 2012 and 2013 FIBA Americas Championships.
Lauren holds both a bachelor of arts in business administration and a master of arts in communication from Drury University, where she was a member of the inaugural women’s basketball team that competed for the 2003 Division II National Championship. She continued on to earn her master of divinity from Emory University and she responds to the invitation of spiritual care through the creative art-making process. She is currently a member of the Tampa Bay chapter of Women in Sports and Events (WISE). Along with the National Basketball Referee Association (NBRA), she volunteers with Scholastic’s TIMEOUT for Reading program and Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS). Lauren lives in Tampa with her husband, Jonathan, and their dog, MJ.