Currently Laura is Of Counsel with the Phoenix Philanthropy Group, a consulting firm that supports the non-profit sector. Prior to this, Laura served as president and CEO of The University of Montana Foundation in Missoula, Montana from 2003-2013. Before joining the UM Foundation, she spent three years as the vice president and national director of development for the Trust for Public Land in San Francisco, California. Prior to her service at The Trust for Public Land, she spent 15 years in a number of senior advancement positions at the University of California, Berkeley, her alma mater. In her last five years at Berkeley she was the assistant dean for development and alumni relations at the Haas School of Business. When she left Berkeley in 2000, the Chancellor awarded her the Berkeley Citation, Berkeley's highest honor for distinguished and notable service.
Since moving to Montana, she has been an active supporter of the Five Valleys Land Trust and served on their Board of Directors from 2008-2011. She is a member of the Board of Directors of the Montana Community Foundation and a volunteer with a number of non-profits in Missoula. Laura and her husband Larry live up the Rattlesnake Valley and appreciate their proximity to one of Montana's largest wilderness areas. They take advantage of the many outdoor recreation opportunities in the Missoula area and Laura regularly fishes on one of the "rivers that run through it". Laura and Larry are glad to live in a community that embraces the culture of respecting and caring for the land. Their son, daughter and grandson live in Northern California so they can often be found at the beach in Santa Cruz during the darkest, coldest days of winter.