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Laura Watry

Consultant

Laura advises corporations, foundations, and nonprofit clients to more effectively and equitably address challenges in postsecondary education, workforce development, and access to health care. She is particularly interested in supporting communities and institutions to create conditions for socioeconomic mobility and reducing racial disparities in outcomes. Laura has helped clients adopt portfolio-level strategies, revenue models, operational plans, and inclusive grantmaking practices that advance social change.

Before FSG

Prior to joining FSG, Laura worked with a New Delhi-based social venture fund supporting social entrepreneurs across India with catalytic grants. She contributed to the organization's strategic planning and was involved in designing systems for grant management and monitoring & evaluation. As an undergraduate, Laura worked at Heartland Alliance International, where she was involved with research and analysis for human rights initiatives including guidelines for professionals working with LGBTQ asylum seekers. She also worked at the U.S. Embassy in Sweden, where she authored official reports on bilateral initiatives and U.S. foreign policy objectives in Sweden.

Education

  • University of Chicago, BA in Geography

Languages

  • Spanish (conversational)

On working at FSG

“FSG’s five approaches acknowledge that social change comes not just from conventional social sector partners, but from cross-sector collaborations made up of all types of organizations. I am delighted to be part of an organization that takes an inclusive and creative approach to social impact and equity.”