Laura is the Deputy Assistant Secretary for House Affairs where she oversees the Department’s outreach and engagement with the House of Representatives and is responsible for coordinating with the inter-agency and the Department’s leadership to advance the President’s foreign policy agenda in the lower chamber. She began her career in government and politics in 2004 with the City of Miami where she spent four years at the District II office as a Communications and Policy Advisor. She moved on from city government to begin working as the Regional Director for U.S. Senator Bill Nelson in 2007. In that position, she hosted diplomats and other international governmental figures; she met with business, community and government leaders regarding federal policy that directly affected their interests.
Laura left the Senator’s office to pursue her Master’s Degree in International Affairs with a concentration in Latin America and security and intelligence studies from American University’s School of International Service. Upon graduating she began her career with the Department of State in their Legislative Affairs Bureau where she managed a wide array of issues pertaining to the House of Representatives. Laura received her Bachelor of Science degree in communications with a minor in political science from Florida International University.