Laura joined Girls Inc. of Alameda County in Spring of 2020, in time to support the transition of evaluation and reporting processes to online platforms as COVID-19 changed our program and family engagement landscapes.
After growing roots in the Bay Area during college, Laura spent five years in both direct practice and administrative positions providing trauma-informed mental health services to youth involved in the child welfare system. These experiences cemented her passion to support safe, equitable, and thriving environments for youth most marginalized and affected by current systems. Prior to joining the Girls Inc. team, Laura worked on evaluation and research initiatives at nonprofit, public, and private sectors, including First 5 of San Francisco, the National Center for Youth Law, and Berkeley Unified School District. Laura believes in the power and unmatched potential of every girl, as well as our responsibility to let youth voice guide the way to change. Her compliance and evaluation roles at Girls Inc. seek to increase community-informed and culturally responsive practices for organizational growth and learning.
Laura holds a Master of Social Welfare from UC Berkeley with a focus in Management and Planning, and Pupil Personnel Services Credential. In her free time, she explores hiking and biking trails around the Bay and hangs out with her furry cat in Oakland.