Laurel is a communications staffer, activist, and writer based in the Washington, D.C. metro area. She currently serves as the Digital Campaigns Manager for the National Center for Transgender Equality, a national 501 (c)3 nonprofit that wins life-saving policy and societal change for transgender people.
Laurel was born in 1988 in Benton, Arkansas - a small town just outside of Little Rock. After moving to Florida in 2006, she attended and graduated magna cum laude from Flagler College in Saint Augustine, with a degree in political science.
Seeking a fresh start after several years in the private sector, she moved to Rhode Island in the summer of 2015, where she first served as Communications Director to Warwick City Councilmember Jeremy Rix’s first election campaign. After a successful election season, she was named Executive Director of the City of Providence’s Human Relations Commission in the spring of 2017. In her time in this role, she oversaw increased collaboration between the Commission and its state-level counterpart, fought to expand access to city services for individuals with limited English proficiency, and standardized guidelines for transgender City employees who chose to transition on-the-job. As part of this role, she also provided staff support for the City’s Equal Pay Task Force.
Laurel enjoys reading political memoirs, tinkering with her gaming PC, and dabbling in creative writing now and again.