Laura is a long-time leader in the field of education, with a range of experience in policy, government, advocacy, research, program design, nonprofit management and philanthropy. Laura directs the Education Synergy Alliance, a nonprofit organization that mobilizes partners to increase the equity and excellence of public education in San Diego County. Previously, she served at the executive director of the New School Foundation in Seattle, director of education for the City of Seattle, Washington State advocacy consultant for the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, and an education policy advisor to Washington’s governor. Laura was a 2014 Presidio Institute Cross-Sector Leadership Fellow, one of twenty-four business, non-profit and government leaders from around the nation who received training from Presidio, the White House, McKinsey and BlackRock to solve social problems through collective efforts.
Laura has two children in public schools, and her family enjoys cooking, boogie boarding and hiking together.