Maxwell School of Syracuse University
Class of 2013
Laura is currently a Grants Specialist at Macfadden/PAE supporting USAID’s Food for Peace (FFP). She is responsible for negotiating and drafting grants, cooperative agreements, interagency agreements, and awards to public international organizations. She also supports FFP implementing partners and USAID missions by providing post-award orientations, supporting RFAs and selection committees, and performing financial and compliance reviews. Prior to joining Macfadden/PAE, Laura was Director of Programs at Volunteers for Economic Growth Alliance (VEGA) and 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.