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Laura S. L. Herman

    Managing Director
laura.herman@fsg.org

@lauraslherman

Overview

Laura has over 15 years of experience advising corporations, foundations, and international nonprofit organizations on strategy development, program design, evaluation, market analyses, and organizational alignment.

Role at FSG

Laura is a senior leader at FSG and has worked with clients to address a wide range of global health and development issues. Laura currently leads FSG’s Global Health impact area. She has led research in dozens of countries in Africa, South Asia, and Latin America where she has evaluated in-country operations of partners, assessed impact and opportunities for new initiatives, and developed relationships for long-term strategic initiatives. Laura has published several papers and frequently represents FSG speaking at conferences around the world. Some of her recent clients include The Rockefeller Foundation, The Partnership for Maternal, Newborn and Child Health, Women's World Banking, and Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

Before FSG

Laura started her career at Deloitte Consulting, focused on large-scale organizational change initiatives. In addition to her client work, Laura took a leave of absence in 2004 to work in Tanzania, where she conducted cost analyses of various social marketing programs for Population Services International.

Education

  • Stanford Graduate School of Business, MBA with Certificate in Public and Nonprofit Management
  • Stanford University, MA in International Policy Studies
  • University of Michigan, BBA in International Business

Affiliations

  • Council on Foreign Relations, Term Member
  • Village Reach, Board Member
  • Ashoka University, Advisor
  • Stanford Women in Business Alumni Association, Member
  • The Partnership for Maternal, Newborn and Child Health, Technical Advisor

 Languages

  • Proficient in Spanish

On Working at FSG

" 'Why are the poor people poor?' This is a question that I have asked myself for 20 years, since I first started exploring cultures beyond my own. As a management consultant, I eventually focused my career on the plight of the poor in developing countries, and over the last ten years with FSG I have worked with corporations, foundations, and nonprofits to strengthen their work addressing global poverty, especially as it relates to health in the developing world. I believe that solving the world’s toughest problems depends on new thinking, new forms of collaboration, and new insights to modify and improve past approaches. FSG’s commitment to learning with our clients and to sharing those lessons with the field is a powerful model for informing innovation in the sector."

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