Laura joined the Ventures team in 2013.
In 2010, while completing her MBA studies Laura had the opportunity to work on a consulting project with a Ventures client for six months. The experience was inspiring and impactful. She continued to volunteer in the Business Basics Course, coach clients and helped develop the Marketing Course curriculum. Joining the Ventures staff was an easy decision. She has the opportunity to work with clients and see them achieve their goals. Ventures is a very rewarding place to work with amazing clients, staff and volunteers.
Laura graduated from Whitman College with a degree in Politics and minor in Spanish. While working in Honduras as a Program Director for Amigos de las Americas she had the opportunity to partner with a microfinance institution and agricultural cooperative. She was inspired by the opportunity of combining capital and community development to change lives. She moved back to her hometown of Seattle to work for a nonprofit that provides capital to microfinance institutions in Latin America.
She took business classes in the evening to learn about basic business concepts. Laura found her passion in combining her non-profit background with business studies. She decided to get her MBA with a specialization in Entrepreneurship from Seattle University. While in school, she worked with a local Seattle bakery expand their wholesale operations. Laura loved working with the owners on distribution, product mix, production and sales to grow their business. After she graduated from her graduate studies, she worked as a Business Assistance Officer at Business Impact NW and then started on Ventures staff.
Laura loves group exercise classes, she would love to start a low-cost workout studio in her neighborhood, minimal equipment, lots of music and she would be the aerobics instructor!