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Laura Faulkner

Director, Strategic Partnerships and Philanthropy

Laura Faulkner joins the Lab as Director, Strategic Partnerships and Philanthropy. As director, Laura works to expand the organization’s partnership development capacity, developing new concepts that support EDL’s design efforts across colleges, industries, states and regions. Laura also directly engages with partners, bringing expertise and senior project strategy skills as the Lab designs more equitable models toward the future of work. She brings a unique set of experiences working at the intersection of education, workforce, data and technology. For 10+ years, Laura has worked on designing solutions aimed at making education and workforce systems more equitable, efficient, and data driven.

Laura previously served as the Director of Talent Sector Strategy at Brighthive, a B-Corp that helps organizations in the workforce, education, and nonprofit sectors share data to achieve common goals. Within this role, Laura led the company’s go-to-market strategy for the workforce and higher education sectors, identified key impact metrics for the talent portfolio, drove business development, and led sector partnerships. Laura also served as the Director of Programs for BrightHive’s Talent Portfolio where she led data collaboration projects within the workforce, employment, post-secondary education, and skills domains.

Previously as Partnership Solutions Lead at Credential Engine, Laura developed partnerships with industry associations, employers, workforce intermediaries, and community-based organizations to improve data quality and promote credential transparency in the marketplace. Laura also served as the Community Engagement Manager at Opportunity@Work, a social enterprise promoting skills-based hiring and talent acquisition strategies, where she developed and executed community engagement and designed playbooks, toolkits, and other resources for advancing practice change. Additionally, she worked at The Hitachi Foundation where she supported the Foundation’s impact investments and executed communications strategies that made the business case for investing in worker upskilling and career mobility. 

Laura lives in Little Italy, Baltimore City with her husband, Andrew, and two pit-mix dogs. When she’s not working, you can find her walking or biking around Baltimore’s Inner Harbor, watching old Law and Order episodes, or experimenting with new recipes in the kitchen. She holds a BA in Political Science and an MPA from Clark University in Massachusetts.