Maxwell School of Syracuse University
Class of 2013
Laura is currently a Senior Program Manager at Volunteers for Economic Growth Alliance (VEGA), where her primary role is Director of the Farmer-to-Farmer (F2F) Special Program Support Project. She is responsible for the overall vision and management of the program, which recruits new organizations to participate in F2F, helps them build capacity to implement activities that meet USAID regulations and best practices in program management, and supports collaboration, learning and adaptation throughout the F2F community. Prior to joining VEGA, Laura was Program Manager for Organizational Transformation at iAGRI, a USAID-funded Feed the Future project in Tanzania.
As a Robertson Fellow at the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs, she studied foreign policy, conflict management, democratization and human rights, especially in the context of Russia and the former Soviet republics. As part of her program she spent a semester at the European University Saint Petersburg (Russia), and she graduated in 2013 with dual master’s degrees in public administration and international relations.
Laura solidified her interest in international affairs as a Peace Corps Volunteer in the Southern Highlands of Tanzania, where she worked with community-based organizations to improve the economic and nutrition status of community members through agricultural development projects. Other prior work experiences include the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs, Service Nation, and the American Horticultural Society. She is originally from Florida and is fluent in Kiswahili.