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Laura contributes to our work in the areas of social and economic justice, civic infrastructure, and network analysis with a variety of partners. She has years of on-the-ground experience in program design and implementation, evaluation, research, and capacity building.

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, researched internet access in Cuba, served as a Peace Corps Education Volunteer in the Dominican Republic, and as an AmeriCorps VISTA Volunteer with immigrant communities in Washington DC. Laura is passionate about the importance of community input, inclusive data, and evaluation to inform successful programs and policy, and is especially interested in network and coalition building, grassroots mobilization, and human-centered design.

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.