Laura Faulkner, community engagement manager 

As a TechHire Community Engagement Manager, Laura Faulkner supports the TechHire network of communities in their efforts to expand access to tech jobs and increase equity in hiring practices. Laura works with a subset of the Southern and Midwestern TechHire community leaders working to implement and scale TechHire in their communities.

Prior to joining Opportunity@Work, Laura managed communications and program development at The Hitachi Foundation. As Communications Manager and Program Associate, Laura made the business case for investing in frontline worker training and promoted business practices that created economic mobility for low-wealth workers. Laura played a key role in developing program strategy for the Foundation’s entrepreneurship program – including the creation and launch a resource library and video series for early-stage entrepreneurs. 

Laura previously performed state-level policy research in Massachusetts and Rhode Island, serving as a Research Associate for the Mosakowski Institute for Public Enterprise, a Fiscal Policy Analyst for the Economic Progress Institute, and a Policy Analyst for the Rhode Island Public Expenditure Council. Within these roles, Laura analyzed workforce and tax policy, researched demographic and economic trends, and developed data dashboards for mid-sized cities in Massachusetts. Laura volunteers with the Riverdale Park Community and Police Action Committee as part of an effort to improve relations between community members and law enforcement. Laura also serves as an Advisory Board Member to HeadsUp, Inc.

Laura holds a BA in Political Science and MPA from Clark University. She currently lives outside of Washington, D.C. with her husband and beloved rescue dog.