Laura joins the Kartemquin team in the Spring of 2018 as the Programs and Engagement Manager. Her duties include overseeing and supporting the KTQ Labs, Diverse Voices in Doc programs. In her role, she will also be supporting the development of impact and engagement strategies for Kartemquin co-productions. She is thrilled to join a community of creatives seeking to make social change through the power of film. Before coming to Kartemquin, Laura worked with Free Spirit Media, a Chicago-based youth media education nonprofit, working both as a classroom teacher and program manager supporting digital art, media production and documentary filmmaking classes at the high school level in North Lawndale and West Garfield Park. Prior to that, she worked in the Community Producer media education training program at BRIC Arts Media Bklyn, the arts and media nonprofit that broadcasts Brooklyn’s public access station. She began her career as a high-school English Language Arts teacher in Little Village in Chicago. Laura holds an M.F.A. in Film and Electronic Media from American University, and while there and taking a History of Documentary class with Professor Pat Aufderheide, she first learned about the amazing work of Kartemquin Films. While there, she co-produced a documentary short called Type, Cast: This is DC which asked residents to share their thoughts on segregation in the four quadrants of Washington, D.C. Laura also holds an M.A. in Teaching from National-Louis University and a B.A. in Writing Seminars and International Studies from Johns Hopkins University. She believes steadfastly in the power of education and communication to bring liberation to and build connections between communities. Her professional life has been guided by a commitment to combating social and racial inequity and centering underrepresented points of view, by supporting those new and developing media makers gain access to means of production and learn new skills to share their stories with the world.