Laura O.

Chief of Staff

Laura’s expertise areas include strategic planning, project management, organizational design, talent and human capital systems design and development, fundraising and leadership development.

Laura has over 15+ years dedicated to advancing equity and driving positive social impact across the nonprofit, philanthropic, and government sectors. Previously, Laura worked at the National “I Have A Dream” Foundation for almost ten years wearing many hats including overseeing the Human Capital function, Board Development, Affiliate Relations, Fundraising and Special Projects such as the development of a National College Savings Account and a post-secondary success program for students from under-resourced communities. Prior to that, she worked at the New York City Department of Education where she developed a performance management system for an office of 200, trained teachers and superintendents on a new online data and knowledge sharing system, and oversaw the charter school application review process. Her superpowers are being an energizer and systems builder.

She earned a Master’s in Public Administration at the NYU Wagner School of Public Service and a Bachelor’s degree from Loyola University Maryland.



  • MPA, NYU Wagner School of Public Service
  • BA, Loyola University - Maryland

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