University of Pennsylvania
Master’s in City and Regional Planning
Bachelor’s in American History
Since joining Urban Partners in 1990, Laura has been actively involved in many of the firm’s economic and community development projects including the Montclair Town Center Development Plan, the Asbury Park Strategic Plan for Economic Development, the Benjamin Franklin Parkway Urban Design Framework, and the Swarthmore Town Center Revitalization Strategy.
Laura has also participated in numerous research projects involving the evaluation of management structures, organizational capacities, and the ability of organizations to carry out their intended missions. Laura prepared a comparative analysis of arts districts established around the country, their governance and financial operations, as part of the firm’s economic and cultural development plan for South Broad Street, Philadelphia’s Avenue of the Arts.
Previously, Laura worked as a planner at Parsons, Brinckerhoff, Quade & Douglas in New York, NY where she served as an intermediary between the firm and various city agencies during the preparation of the environmental impact statement for a project involving the transfer of Grand Central Station development rights to a nearby property. Laura has also been employed by the Samuel S. Fels Fund where she reviewed the grant proposals of arts, advocacy and community development organizations. While at the Fels Fund, she conducted a survey on behalf of Delaware Valley Grantmakers which identified trends in the giving patterns of Philadelphia foundations and corporate philanthropies.