Maxwell School of Syracuse University
Class of 2013
Laura is currently Program Manager for Organizational Transformation at the Innovative Agricultural Research Initiative (iAGRI), a USAID-funded Feed the Future project based in Morogoro, Tanzania. iAGRI aims to strengthen training and collaborative research capacities of Sokoine University of Agriculture and the Tanzanian Ministry of Agriculture, Food Security and Cooperatives with the goal of improving food security and agricultural productivity in Tanzania. Laura manages the implementation and ongoing development of iAGRI’s organizational transformation strategy, including testing and adapting an innovative change model, interpreting the model for program staff, and supporting continuous learning and adaptation within organizational transformation activities.
As a Robertson Fellow at the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs, Laura 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 Tanzania, where she served in the environmental education program from 2008 to 2010. During her service, she taught life skills to schoolchildren, arranged HIV/AIDS education and testing and worked with community groups to create agriculture-based income-generating 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 proficient in Kiswahili.