Prior to joining Global Fund for Women, Laura (lau-rah) was the Fundraising Program Manager at WE Schools, where she built and managed relationships with teachers, school administrators and district officials across New York Tri-State. She provided programming and fundraising support to 400+ groups, who were raising awareness about global issues and fundraising to support international projects. In her role, she focused specifically on increasing fundraising capacity and enjoyed strategizing to support schools in reaching their goals.
Raised by strong immigrant and refugee women, who made difficult choices for their families, Laura is passionate about access to quality education for women and girls. She believes that when young girls and women have the resources and space they can change the world. Originally from Miami, Florida, Laura is Cuban-American and trilingual (English, Spanish, and German).
Laura previously worked in programming and education in non-profits, schools, and museums. Most notably, she led tours at the Lower East Side Tenement Museum where she facilitated conversations about immigration and at the New York Historical Society, where she taught NYC history in schools. Her passion for international exchange led her to study abroad in Italy, teach English in Thailand, and conduct research in South Africa. Laura received her MA in International Education at New York University. She sits on the Associate Board at Impact Network, a non-profit that is bringing e-learning to rural Zambia. Laura earned a BA in Art History from Fordham University in Bronx, NY. In her spare time, Laura practices yoga, attempts to master her grandmother’s Cuban recipes, and loves exploring new places.