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Laura Tilghman

Associate Director

Laura has nearly 15 years of cross-sector experience in the social sector. At FSG, she leads strategy work with foundations, corporations, and collective impact initiatives. In philanthropy, Laura has worked with large private foundations and family foundations on issues of health equity, economic development, environmental sustainability, and education. Laura has designed social innovation and corporate social responsibility strategies for corporate clients in the apparel, mobility, health care, and food & beverage industries. Laura has also supported multiple cross-sector, collective impact initiativeshelping to launch a maternal health initiative in the Central Valley of California, evaluating regional efforts to promote Latinx student success in the U.S., and building the capacity of backbone leaders working toward sustainable fisheries in Mexico. Laura has deep interest in environmental sustainability, the issues that affect climate change and its mitigation, and inclusive economic development.

Before FSG

Prior to FSG, Laura worked for social ventures focused on driving sustainable economic development. At Sustainable Harvest Coffee Importers, she helped develop supply chains for smallholder coffee cooperatives, creating multi-sector partnerships and designing technical support programs for farmers. She has worked throughout Latin America and lived in Oaxaca, Mexico for several years. In her early career, Laura coordinated economic development programs for the Pan American Development Foundation in Washington, DC.

Education

  • M.B.A., University of California—Berkeley, Haas School of Business
  • B.A. in Development Studies, Brown University

Languages

  • Spanish

On working at FSG

“A more equitable and just future requires collaboration across sectors, organizations, and disciplines to tackle our current social and economic challenges. At FSG, I am honored to partner with committed and talented colleagues to support our clients in the pursuit of system-level change and creative avenues to positive impact.”