Laura has more than 25 years of experience in global health leadership, advocacy, communications, and program design and management, including 15 years of residence in Francophone Africa (Benin, the Central African Republic, Rwanda, and Senegal) and short-term assignments throughout East, West, and Central Africa. Laura has significant experience in health policy development and analysis, program design and management, advocacy and communications. She is an internationally recognized and invited public speaker, trainer, and facilitator.
For many years, Laura’s passion has been working with countries to help strengthen their health systems. She has technical expertise in family planning, reproductive health, HIV/AIDS, maternal and child health, and malaria control, as well as good governance, decentralization, health financing, and community health. Most recently at IntraHealth International, Laura served as the Regional Director for West and Central Africa based in Dakar, Senegal, overseeing country programs and successfully launching several new programs in the region. She then moved to Kigali, Rwanda, where she served as Director and Chief of Party of the Twubakane Decentralization and Health Program which has been recognized by the US government and the government of Rwanda for its dramatic improvements in the delivery of health services and dramatic reductions in maternal and child mortality. At IntraHealth’s headquarters in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, Laura served as the director of communications and advocacy, helping to build a high-performing communications team and to grow IntraHealth’s advocacy unit and institute advocacy skills throughout the organization.
Laura has a doctorate in health policy and management from UNC’s Gillings Global School of Public Health and an MPH from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. Laura completed her undergraduate studies at Northwestern University, where she received a BS in journalism with from the Medill School of Journalism. Laura is professionally fluent in French and Sango (the national language of the Central African Republic).