Laura is CTIPP’s Director of Communications and manages internal and external communications strategy across all platforms and channels, including messaging, earned media, the website, content creation, graphic design, video/podcast production, and social media.
Laura has over 20 years of experience solving problems, crafting compelling stories, and developing impactful strategies to advance an organization's vision and mission. Her career has spanned the globe, helping nonprofits, industry associations, Fortune 10 companies, and elected officials break through the noise and move the needle toward their strategic objectives.
Most recently, she served as Vice President of Strategic Communications and Communications Strategist at the California Medical Association, representing nearly 50,000 physicians across all modes of practice and specialties. Prior to that, she was Senior Director of Communications at the Sacramento Kings, Vice President at Mercury Public Affairs, and Deputy Communications Director for Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger (CA).
Laura has a Bachelor of Arts in Politics and Government from the University of Maryland, College Park (UM), with graduate certificates in International Conflict Negotiation from UM and Campaign Political Management from George Washington University.
She lives in Knoxville, Tennessee, with her son Macaulay and adopted mutt Bailey.
What brings you to this work? I've seen what the power of healing can do in my own life, and I want to help others find their path. Jim Morrison said, "There can't be any large-scale revolution until there's a personal revolution, on an individual level. It's got to happen inside first." That's been my experience, and I'm proud to help support the trauma-informed movement.
What helps you maintain a balanced life? Walks in nature (with zero cell service), breathwork, Pilates, and playing with/reading to my son.
Top 3 podcasts or books: Too many podcasts to name - according to my Spotify app, I listened to nearly 90 hours worth in 2021! Lately, I've been enjoying anything on Ram Dass, ancient history, and the Enneagram.