Laura is an interdisciplinary practitioner, researcher, and advocate for health equity. She has worked with diverse organizations and communities focused on improving health, expanding economic opportunity, and shifting power.
Laura is currently the Community & Population Health Epidemiologist / Analyst for Cambridge Health Alliance, an integrated health system serving the metro north region of Boston. She came to CHA as a graduate student and returned as a consultant to support community health efforts during the COVID-19 pandemic before transitioning into this new role.
Laura co-founded and served as the first Executive Director of Health Horizons International, a non-profit committed to improving community health in the Dominican Republic by strengthening community-based practice and primary care systems. She served on the Board of Directors for ten years, including terms as Treasurer and President. Laura was a volunteer advocate, AmeriCorps Site Coordinator, and later the Director of Strategy & Operations at LIFT, a U.S. non-profit dedicated to ending intergenerational poverty by investing in and connecting families to resources and networks. She was also an analyst in the health care division of Mathematica Policy Research, focusing on accountable care organizations and Medicaid/CHIP performance.
Laura has consulted to a variety of social impact and community health organizations, focusing on strategy development, coalition building, quality improvement, and outcomes evaluation. Professionally and as a graduate student, she has completed engagements with the Aspen Institute, Harvard Kennedy School of Government, St. Louis Integrated Health Network, United South End Settlements, and Iris International. She was a Masters Research Fellow with the Health Communication Research Laboratory and the Center for Obesity Prevention and Policy Research.
Laura holds Masters in Public Health (MPH) and Masters in Social Work (MSW) degrees from the Brown School at Washington University in St. Louis, with concentrations in epidemiology and social & economic development. She holds a Bachelors degree in Community Health and Spanish from Tufts University.