Laura Johnson Collard
Executive Director, MAEOE
Laura has more than 15 years experience in non-profit and for-profit management in the UK and USA. She has worked with non-profit leaders to develop successful strategies for strengthening and diversifying funding bases.
Her skills include change management, strategic planning and start-up planning and implementation. She has positioned organizations for growth, new initiatives and sustainability. Areas of expertise include increasing capacity of non-profit organizations, strategic planning, financial management and team building. Additionally, she specializes in connecting public and private sector leaders while enabling them to work in partnership and build better communities.
Laura holds an MBA from Thunderbird School of Global Management. She speaks Spanish as a second language and enjoys spending time outdoors with her family.
Cora joined MAEOE in August 2018 and supports the team with essential accounting, administrative, and programmatic tasks. She has a Bachelor of Arts in Communications and Media Studies at Goucher College and is currently pursuing a Certificate in Business Fundamentals from the University of Baltimore.
She began her environmental career as a shipboard educator at the Living Classrooms Foundation, teaching students about marine ecology aboard the S/V Sigsbee and Lady Maryland. She later went on to assist Living Classrooms’ VP of Education with financials and started a beekeeping program at the foundation.
In her free time, Cora enjoys gardening, hiking, and playing with her two kittens.