Laura has worked in Indian Country for the past 20 years, providing research and evaluation services for organizations including the National Indian Child Welfare Association and the Native American Research Center of Health at Johns Hopkins University. Laura’s expertise includes community-based participatory research, integrating culture into programs and services, and public policy analysis and advocacy. Laura’s current REL Northwest work includes supporting the Northwest Tribal Educator Alliance and providing technical assistance and evaluation to collective impact and preschool initiatives in Montana. Prior to joining Education Northwest, Laura was the State-Tribal Policy Analyst for a nonprofit in Montana, working closely with American Indian legislators and tribal leaders to advance state policies that improve economic, educational, and social opportunities in Indian Country. She earned undergraduate degrees in psychology, social science, and American Indian Studies from Portland State University and Haskell Indian Nations University and master's degrees from Washington State University and University of Montana. Laura is excited to be back in her hometown of Portland and is the proud mother of two amazing teenagers.
It is a pleasure to work for an organization that promotes equity and effectiveness in educational systems. I look forward to contributing my expertise to support the development of programs and services that meet the needs of students, families, and educators.