Welcome, Laura, to Philanthropy Ohio!
We are pleased to introduce Laura Smith to the Philanthropy Ohio team. Laura will work out of the Columbus office, serving as a regional director of programs. She’ll be developing and delivering educational and professional development programs, particularly in Central and Southern Ohio. She’ll be out and about meeting members in both areas, getting to know them and learning about their work and impact.
Laura comes to Philanthropy Ohio from a background that includes corporate philanthropy. She was the senior program officer for Harvard Pilgrim Health Care Foundation in Massachusetts, managing regional grant programs addressing healthy food access and healthy aging. A native of the Dayton area, Laura earned her bachelor’s degree from Ohio University and a Master of Public Affairs degree from Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island. Laura has an affinity for all things French and loves to travel, but enjoys nothing more than a walk with her family or scoring a window seat at a local coffee shop.
I asked Laura to tell us a bit more about her.
Best advice I’ve ever received:
I’ve received great guidance over the years, but a recent favorite is to bring your “whole self” to work; don’t check a part of yourself at the door. It creates a more authentic environment and contributes to the success of the organization and your own happiness.
Three goals for 2016:
Get settled – we recently relocated back to Ohio from Boston, so we have a lot of exploring (and unpacking) to do;
Declutter the various email inboxes on my smartphone. It’s a pretty sad state of affairs in there; and
Meet and engage with our members, particularly here in Central and Southern Ohio.
What’s surprised me so far:
It isn’t a surprise, but I’ve been consistently amazed at the many talents of my new colleagues and our members and the warmth with which they welcomed me to the team.
What I do when I’m not at work:
Go on low-key hikes (aka walks in wooded areas on well-maintained paths), cook up fun recipes and attempt “Pinterest Fail”-worthy crafts and activities for my toddler.
What I’m reading:
Next up is Oran Hesterman’s Fair Food.
Who I’m following on Twitter:
Claudia Y.W. Herrold