As CECP’s Global Exchange Senior Associate, Laura plays a key role in advancing the impact and bringing value to the Global Exchange (GX), a network that unites country-based, mission-driven corporate societal engagement support organizations. While leading the GX, she contributes overall to the Data Insights team at CECP. She works directly with organizations based in other countries, leverages the CECP team to serve affiliates and equips organizations to help companies achieve social results. Further, Laura focuses in continuing to provide value to Global Exchange organizations through thought leadership by providing insights on engaging with companies, sharing related intellectual property, offering greater referrals, and looking for opportunities to co-brand.
Most recently, Laura worked at Accion International, a microfinance NGO in Washington D.C. Through her role as the Latin America Analyst at Accion’s Center for Financial Inclusion, Laura led the work in the region and ensured that financial institutions adhered to consumer protection standards. She conducted ground-breaking evaluation research on the effectiveness of microfinance institutions through this project. Laura first joined CECP in May 2016 as the Marilyn Carlson Nelson Intern. Prior to that, Laura had various roles at organizations in Washington, DC and Bogota, Colombia, focused in international development and philanthropy. Growing up Laura lived in five major Latin American cities, she is passionate about the region´s culture, uniqueness and diversity.
Laura earned a Masters in Public Administration from Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs with a specialization in Economic and and Political Development where she also held an assistantship for the Executive Program’s Strategic Corporate Social Responsibility course. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Government and International Relations from Universidad Externado de Colombia.