Strategic Advisor for Early Care & Education
Laura Kohn is a 25-year leader in the field of education, early childhood and workforce development.
Prior roles include director of early workforce development at San Diego Workforce Partnership where she produced the influential report Workforce + Child Care; founding director of the Education Synergy Alliance; executive director of the New School Foundation in Seattle; director of education for the city of Seattle; advocacy lead for the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation; and education policy advisor to Washington’s governor.
Laura has a BA in Economics from Yale University and an MPA from the University of Washington. Her current volunteer roles include vice chair of the board of directors for Words Alive, the advisory board for Funding the Next Generation, and the advisory board for the Ascend Postsecondary Success for Parents initiative at the Aspen Institute. Laura is an avid baker, hiker and skier, and watches in wonder as her college-age children make their way in the wider world.