Laura currently serves as the Case Management Coordinator for Travis County Health and Human Services, supervising all 8 social workers in the Family Support Services Division. Prior to this she was a Senior Program Coordinator for Communities in Schools, serving as liaison between CIS and the Housing Authority of the City of Austin.

Before that she spent 10 years working in prisoner re-entry in Austin, including serving as Executive Director for a re-entry focused non-profit organization called Crime Prevention Institute. Laura is the current Chair of the Austin/Travis County Re-Entry Roundtable, and Room Mom for her third grade son. :-)

She also serves a Consultant to the State of Texas Office of Capital Writs on indigent death row cases. As an undergraduate student at UT, she was awarded UT Austin Volunteer of the Year, and NASW Student of the Year in Austin as an MSW student. Under her leadership, Crime Prevention Institute won a Ring of Honor award from the Mental Health Association of Texas and a Non-Profit Excellence Award from Greenlights for Nonprofit Success. Laura’s work was mentioned in the documentary, Troop 1500: Girl Scouts Beyond Bars, and is the focus of a documentary in progress called Return to Sender, a film about re-entry and redemption.