Laura joined the Foundation as Capitol Hill Ocean Week Coordinator in 2016. Prior to coming to NMSF, Laura assisted in the coordination of national fisheries programs as a Knauss Fellow with with U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. She has also worked in animal husbandry with the Virginia Aquarium and Marine Science Center and in sustainable fisheries research, both as a graduate student at the University of Washington and an intern with FishWise. She continues to pursue her interest in sustainable fisheries as a volunteer with Ecologists Without Borders, an organization promoting environmental sustainability around the world through volunteer service. She holds an M.M.A. in marine affairs from the University of Washington and a B.S. in marine biology from Florida Institute of Technology.