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Laura is an Associate with Innovation Network and contributes to our work with a variety of partners, including the JPB Foundation, National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO), and other evaluation projects. She has over five years of experience in program design and implementation, evaluation, research, and capacity building and contributes to projects in the areas of social justice, health equity, and health promotion.

Prior to joining Innovation Network, she worked as an evaluator for MIT’s D-Lab at International Development Design Summits (IDDS) in Colombia and Botswana, served as a Peace Corps Education Volunteer in the Dominican Republic, and as an Americorps Volunteer in Washington DC. Laura is passionate about the importance of evaluation to inform successful program development and implementation, and is especially interested in network and coalition building, systems design, and using data for effective storytelling.

Some of her most interesting research initiatives include investigating access to Information and Communications Technology (ICT) in Cuba, specifically in the Arts & Culture sector, and studying the remittance system between the United States and Haiti, especially looking at its effects on education and healthcare.

Laura is excited to apply her experience to Innovation Network’s projects, supporting the evaluation and strengthening of social justice and health equity initiatives throughout the United States.

Laura received her BA in English and Anthropology from the University of Maryland, College Park, and her Master in Public Administration in Development Practice (MPA-DP) degree from Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs. She speaks fluent Spanish, and loves traveling, playing music, and being a bike commuter in DC!