Laura L. Green
The nonprofit industry is a meaningful vehicle to impact communities positively. Nonprofits often provide programs that are essential to the people they serve. I’ve seen the value nonprofits bring to their clients. This work is life-changing and aids some of our country’s noblest causes.
I am particularly passionate about empowering girls and women. These benefits extend beyond the individual to their families and ultimately to our society at large. My work in the nonprofit industry has allowed me to provide rigorous, top-notch, and relevant programs to hundreds of girls and their families. When you look a young girl in the eyes and see optimism, confidence, and fearlessness where once there resided crisis, pain, and need, it is in these moments I remember what a privilege it is to have the opportunity to help someone re-write their story.
Laura has over 20 years of diverse corporate, government, and nonprofit experience. She created and executed successful comprehensive fundraising programs for Baltimore City charter and public schools. The campaigns under her direction experienced significant investment increases amidst a challenging public school landscape facing massive budget cuts.
In the corporate realm, Laura managed over 35 worldwide licenses in 45 product categories for the men’s designer brand Perry Ellis International. After leaving there, she managed a multi-industry executive portal for an internationally renowned celebrity. Her involvement included the following industries: apparel, film, music, marketing, and nonprofit event management.
Throughout her career, Laura demonstrates her corporate sensibility for nonprofit work. Through implementing diversified revenue strategies, showing return on investment for funders, and using creative vision, she raised millions of dollars to address complex social, health, and community issues. Her work aided national political campaigns and government elected officials, as well as various notable nonprofit organizations such as the American Lung Association.
Laura establishes relationships with industry influencers and corporate and community partners that translate to critical mass required for successful campaign execution. For example, when the newly founded charter school, Baltimore Leadership School for Young Women, needed a permanent school home, she planned and executed a $4M five-year capital campaign reaching goal in 3 ½ years. Furthermore, this project led to restoring and repurposing the historic former YWCA building in Baltimore City.
All projects benefit from Laura’s passion and innovative thinking.
Summary of Experience
- Served as Executive Director for the Baltimore Polytechnic Institute Foundation, Inc. During her tenure, reduced organization’s endowment expenses by 10%, increased average gift size, and built a fundraising campaign raising $1.1M in her first 18 months.
- Served as Dean of Advancement for the Baltimore Leadership School for Young Women. During her tenure, developed and executed two capital campaigns raising over $6M in sustainable investment.
- Secured a $1M 21st Century Community Learning Centers grant. Funds provided academic enrichment to young students from rural and inner-cities during non-school hours.
- Served as Executive Director for ReWired for Change. Created by actress, filmmaker, and activist Sonja Sohn (HBO’s The Wire, Showtime’s The Chi) to provide seed funding to support individuals and organizations that bolster community-based change.
- Presented “Building Your Fundraising Toolkit: Funding Girl Power!” at the 2016 Global Forum on Girls’ Education Conference, a workshop to educate leaders from across the globe who direct all-girls schools.
- 2015 Rising Stars Awardee presented by Living Classrooms Foundation and The Baltimore Business Journal.
- MPA in Public Administration from Baruch College (NYC) and BS in Political Science from Frostburg State University (MD).