Laura joined CEA in 2006 and provides strategic planning support to large, environmentally-focused foundations, nonprofits, as well as individual philanthropists. Laura’s clients include the Packard Foundation, the Walton Family Foundation, the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, the Nature Conservancy, Environmental Defense Fund, the Monterey Bay Aquarium, the National Audubon Society, and the Marine Stewardship Council. Laura has helped many of her clients develop strategies for working together with the business community to solve environmental problems. She also led collaborative efforts amongst multiple funders and NGOs and has also provided advisory services to individual philanthropists.
Prior to her work with CEA, Laura worked for the Monterey Bay Aquarium’s Seafood Watch program, the Conservation Strategy Fund, and the San Francisco Conservation Corps. Laura spent several seasons as a wilderness guide and a ski instructor and has conducted academic field research in Nepal, Tanzania, and Mexico. She holds a bachelor’s degree with distinction in environmental science and anthropology from the University of Pennsylvania and has an MBA and master’s degree in international environmental policy from the Middlebury Institute of International Studies.
Some of Laura’s most formative life experiences come from leading wilderness trips for incarcerated young people, seeing the power nature can have in developing self-esteem, empathy, and close, trusting relationships.