Name: Laura Smith
Title: Vice President, Programs & Learning
Here’s what I can help you with:
- Joining affinity group and events in Central & Southern Ohio
- Bridging connections to peers across the region
- Providing information about statewide programs
- Developing or taking part in all kinds of webinars
- Brainstorming ways to share what you know
What’s the best part of your job?
That I get to spend my days creating opportunities for growth – of individuals, organizations and communities. Our work is centered on equipping our members with what they need to succeed individually, which then allows them to help create change in all of the places they show up in our state.
When did you start work at Philanthropy Ohio?
After growing up in the Dayton area and getting a bachelor’s degree from Ohio University, I spent a bit of time teaching abroad and several years in an automotive software company where I volunteered on our Associate Foundation. From there I was off to the east coast to get an MPA and work as a corporate grantmaker for a Boston-area health insurer. When Ohio called me home, I had the great fortune of joining the wonderful team at Philanthropy Ohio and continuing to pursue my passions for philanthropy, learning and social change in a new way.
What do you love about where you live?
Coffee Connections in Old Hilliard and checking out metroparks in the area
Favorite brand or flavor of ice cream?
Young’s Dairy pumpkin or UDF cookies & cream.
What do you do outside of work?
Life outside of work centers around managing the chaos of raising two tiny humans and enjoying time with friends and family whenever we can.