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Minnesota State Advisor
As the Minnesota State Advisor, Laura is the MVPs chief Minnesota cheerleader and funding strategist. She works closely with MVP’s Minnesota partners to fund their work, support capacity building and organizational growth, strengthen statewide alignment, connect groups across issue silos, and link them to other funders and resources. She believes deeply in the power of social moments to transform culture and politics and that we need to fund social movements like we want them to win. Laura is an organizer, writer and teacher, who began her work in movement politics in Haiti in the 1990’s. She is the author of the memoir Swallow the Ocean (Counterpoint Press 2008), and editor of Eyes of the Heart: Seeking a Path for the Poor in the Age of Globalization by Jean-Bertrand Aristide, (Common Courage Press, 2000). She was born and raised in San Francisco, California, and received her BA at Wesleyan University. She lives in Minneapolis and enjoys all 4 Minnesota seasons with her husband, daughter and son.