Originally from Baltimore, Maryland, Laura earned her bachelor’s degree at Tulane University and simultaneously fell in love with the city of New Orleans. She later worked in real estate in Santa Barbara California and at an internet based start-up firm in the Transportation Construction sector in New York, before returning to school to obtain a masters degree in architecture (MArch) from NJIT.
During her final semester in graduate school she travelled back to New Orleans in 2006 to participate in an Urban Planning Studio focused on prospective redevelopment plans for one New Orleans East neighborhood post Hurricane Katrina.
Working in both the commercial and residential architecture fields in New York, NY she was able to gain a wide breadth of experience across different phases of architecture projects from programming and planning through final construction. She achieved LEED BD+C certification during that time from the US Green Building Council.
In 2013 she moved back to New Orleans as a permanent resident and homeowner in Orleans Parish. She has worked as a volunteer for local organizations such as Second Harvest Food Bank, The League of Women Voters, The Green Project and Lowernine.org.