(written from a Production point of view)
Lauren Pasternack (born 15 May 1983; age 36) is an up-and-coming filmmaker who worked on 2009's Star Trek as part of the Directors Guild-Producer Training Plan. She was part of the Training Plan's class of 2006, as was her fellow Star Trek DGA trainee Nicole Treston Abranian. 
Pasternack is an alumni of the University of California at Santa Cruz (UCSC). While there, she directed a short film entitled Found Umbrellas, which was screened at the UCSC Chautauqua Festival in 2004.  She was also a member of the UCSC sketch comedy group Prank the Dean.
In addition, she was the casting director for the 2005 short films Black and White and Praxis for Food for the Moon productions. She also appeared in Black and White.   More recently, she was a member of the production staff on the television drama series Brothers & Sisters, starring John Pyper-Ferguson.