Laura is responsible for cultivating continued engagement among program graduates and within their communities. With seven years of experience in international community development, Laura believes strongly in the power of local networks to impact positive and long-lasting change. Prior to joining Interise, Laura led the operational efforts of Better Future International, a volunteer-run nonprofit organization serving orphaned and vulnerable children and their families in Tanzania, Haiti and Dominican Republic. She is a founder of Better Future’s Tanzania program and led its start up on site for nearly two years. Laura holds a B.A. in French and a B.A. in Dance from Hamilton College, and a M.A. in International Affairs from The New School.