Laura is an Associate with the Innovation Network and has worked on evaluations and consulting engagements with a variety of nonprofit and foundation partners, including the Public Welfare Foundation, the Center for Community Change, the Four Freedoms Fund, and the Open Society Foundations. She also has extensive experience working in communities in the U.S. and Latin America as a teacher, community organizer, and project manager.
Laura’s recent projects focus on social movements, criminal justice, immigration reform, and voting rights. She is skilled in qualitative methods and is committed to prioritizing community input to inform equitable programs and policy, viewing evaluation as a tool for social justice.
Prior to joining Innovation Network, she worked as an evaluator for the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s D-Lab at International Development Design Summits (IDDS) in Colombia and Botswana, conducted participatory research on internet access and innovation in the arts and culture sector in Cuba, served as a Peace Corps Education Volunteer in the Dominican Republic, and as an AmeriCorps Volunteer with immigrant communities in Washington DC. Laura received her Master in Public Administration in Development Practice (MPA-DP) degree from Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs, and her BA in English and Anthropology from the University of Maryland, College Park. She speaks fluent Spanish, and loves traveling, playing music, and being a bike commuter in DC.