Laura brings seven years of federal government affairs and public policy experience to Townsend Public Affairs. Laura has experience managing extensive legislative activity, including conducting bill analysis and legislative research, and identifying federal appropriations and funding opportunities. Laura has expertise in several policy sectors including education, immigration, housing, law enforcement, environmental hazards, agriculture, health care, defense, foreign affairs, and resources for veterans.
Since joining TPA, Laura has fully briefed clients on significant actions and pertinent developments in Washington, DC, and strategizes on ways in which to influence and enact changes in Washington to produce concrete results for clients. Some of Laura’s accomplishments include:
- Utilizing her knowledge of congressional procedure, Laura has developed and executed federal legislative and funding agendas on behalf of clients. Laura has expertly guided the introduction and movement of federal land conveyance legislation on behalf of the City of Tulare, and helped orchestrate a City official’s testimony in front of the House Committee on Natural Resources. Laura has also doggedly defended crucial public funding against proposed budget cuts, including public safety funding through the Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) program, housing funding through the Community Development Block Grants (CDBG) program, and infrastructure funding through the Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) Grant program.
- Laura secured a $50,000 Maritime Heritage grant from the National Park Service to fund the Port of Los Angeles High School’s boat operations curriculum. The grant funding will help prepare students to enter the maritime industry workforce or pursue post-secondary education in a variety of maritime fields. Laura worked closely with the Port of Los Angeles High School and the National Park Service throughout the development of the grant application, and successfully identified priorities and opportunities to improve the application.
- Laura has facilitated frequent Washington, DC visits for local government officials. Laura ensures that elected officials and key staff can collaborate with influential officials in the Administration, Members of the California congressional delegation, and other key Members of Congress, and regularly customizes itineraries to reflect different trip goals and expected outcomes. For example, Laura secured speaking roles for representatives from the City of Oakland in major events hosted by the President’s Administration, such as the US Department of Transportation Summit and White House Tech Conference. Laura has also developed relationships with the newly appointed officials throughout the Trump Administration, including in the White House Office of Intergovernmental Affairs.
Before joining TPA, Laura served in the Office of Warrior Care Policy in the Department of Defense. As a Legislative Analyst, Laura managed all legislative activity for the office, including monitoring and reporting on legislation and other proposals to help wounded, ill, and injured service members transition back into service or into civilian life. Prior to her work with the Department of Defense, Laura worked for US Senator Dianne Feinstein on a variety of policies, including environment and agriculture issues.
Laura graduated from the University of California, Davis with a Bachelor of Arts in International Relations and Film Studies. She currently lives in Washington, DC with her husband, Henry. Outside of work, she is an avid film buff who enjoys volunteering with rescue dogs, training for triathlons, and traveling.
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