Laura Smith

Name: Laura Smith   
Title: Regional Director, Programs & Learning
Phone: 614.914.2245

Here’s what I can help you with:

  1. Joining affinity group and events in Central & Southern Ohio
  2. Bridging connections to peers across the region
  3. Providing information about statewide programs
  4. Developing or taking part in all kinds of webinars
  5. 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?

February 2016

Career background/education?

After getting my bachelor’s degree from Ohio University, I spent a bit of time teaching abroad and several years in the automotive software business in the Dayton area. From there, I was off to the east coast to get my MPA at Brown and work for a few years as a corporate grantmaker for a nonprofit health insurer in Boston. When Ohio called me home, I had the good fortune of joining the wonderful staff 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?

Our local coffee shops

Favorite brand or flavor of ice cream?

Young’s Dairy pumpkin or UDF cookies & cream.

What do you do outside of work?

I have an infant and a toddler so my life outside of work is decidedly not glamorous. But when I’m not managing the chaos created by tiny humans, you can find me playing outside with them, exploring new places in Columbus or wandering through Target.