Laura joins the McKeon Group as Vice President with an expertise in strategic planning, government affairs, grassroots advocacy, development and communications within the education space. With over twenty-five years of DC-based experience, she is an accomplished executive with keen interest and demonstrated results in Prek-16 education and health policy.
Laura has worked on Capitol Hill for health and education-focused nonprofit organizations as well as the private sector. Most recently, she was Vice President with Washington Partners, LLC where she advised clients to work successfully with the U.S. Congress, federal agencies, and the White House to accomplish their goals. Her work with corporate and nonprofit leaders has focused on strategic planning, legislative advocacy, coalitions, integrated communications, grassroots initiatives and more. Laura’s emphasis in education policy has allowed her to influence every PreK-16 education law and related regulations since 1999. Over the course of her career, Laura has been heavily involved in and has a deep understanding of special education and disability law.
In 2013, Laura was chosen as a select recipient of The Bridgespan Group’s nationally recognized Leading for Impact program while serving on the executive team as public policy director of the National Center for Learning Disabilities. Other career highlights include: director of public affairs for the American Health Quality Association; communications director for HealthInsight, Inc.; legislative assistant for Rep. James V. Hansen (R-UT); marketing coordinator for First Health, Inc.; and, leadership consultant, Alpha Chi Omega Fraternity.
Laura holds a Bachelor’s degree in English from the University of Utah and a Masters in Public Administration from Brigham Young University’s Romney Institute of Public Management. She currently serves as an appointee to the Romney Institute’s Advisory Board.
Laura lives in Virginia with her husband, Kaiini (Kimo) Kaloi and their children who attend Fairfax County Public schools.