Laura serves as Demos’ Associate Director of Policy and Research for Democracy Reform. In this role she develops and advocates for policies that address discrimination and advance racial equity in voting, conducts research and authors reports on the racial equity impact of various democracy reforms, and partners with grassroots and national organizations on campaigns that advance a multiracial, inclusive democracy.
Prior to joining Demos, Laura engaged in voting rights advocacy, organizing, and research at the Southern Coalition for Social Justice and consulted on policy and community engagement with the Princeton Gerrymandering Project. Before moving into voting rights policy full time, she worked in multi-issue youth leadership development, helping to train and resource the newest generation of progressive leaders across the country at Young People For and supporting high school students to organize for justice in their schools at Puentes New Orleans. Laura grew up in Hillsborough, North Carolina and calls Washington, D.C. home.
She holds a M.P.A. from Princeton University’s School of Public and International Affairs and a B.A. in International Studies and English from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.