Laura’s professional background includes 20 years of U.S. federal and state executive and legislative branch, non-profit advocacy, political campaign, and University teaching experience.
Her work has focused on the development, advocacy, and passage of legislation and programs in the broad areas of national and state health care, education, child development and welfare, maternal and child health policy, with a special interest in policy affecting low-income and minority populations. Her experience includes appointment as the founding Director of the Georgia Office of Healthcare Policy and Research, serving as Special Assistant for Health Care and Child Policy to the U.S. House of Representatives Ways and Means Committee writing health reform, child and family policy, and disability-related during the Clinton Administration, as a Subject Matter Expert to the Department of Health and Human Services working on health reform during the Obama White House, as Director of Policy and Programs for the National Associations of Child Advocates, as National Director for the Women’s Vote Project, and as Policy Director for the Pennsylvania Democratic Policy Council.
She has held policy and political positions in the Al Gore for President campaign, the Fowler and Nunn U.S. Senate campaigns, and advised additional Congressional candidates on policy, communications, and political strategy. She has been an adjunct professor teaching graduate-level courses on the United States healthcare system, health care policy, education law, human capital development, child and family policy, and early childhood education policy at Georgia State University.
Laura holds a B.A. in Political Science and Psychology from Earlham College, where she served as Student Body President, an M.P.A / M.P.P. from the University of Pennsylvania with a concentration in health and education policy, an M.A. in Economics with a concentration in Child Development from the University of Chicago, and an Executive Leadership Certificate in Non-Profit Management from Georgetown University. She has also done coursework toward the Ph.D. in Child Clinical Psychology from Bryn Mawr Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, and the Ph. D. in the Education of Students with Exceptionalities at Georgia State University.
Laura was awarded a Watson Fellowship for study of the educational system in the former U.S.S.R, was a Rhodes Scholar Finalist, a Social Sciences Fellowship recipient at the University of Chicago, a Fels Scholar at the University of Pennsylvania, and was elected to the Young Woman Leaders of America. She has been appointed to numerous state and federal level task forces and study commissions. Presently, she is mom to a wonderful 10th grade student at AGS. She attended the Paideia School in Atlanta, GA.