Laura Bacon, Class of 2010
Catherine B. Reynolds Foundation Fellow, Omidyar Network
Thanks to the Catherine B. Reynolds Foundation Fellowship for Social Entrepreneurship, Laura Bacon earned her Master’s of Public Policy degree from the Harvard Kennedy School in 2009. While studying at the Kennedy School, she served as an advisor to Liberia’s Ministry of Gender and Development and to the Liberian Women’s Legislative Caucus.
After graduation, Laura was appointed by President Obama to serve as a White House Fellow for 2009-2010. Assigned the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), Laura helped design and launch a Women and Clean Energy initiative that has since expanded into an international program. She also designed a multi-stakeholder cyber security summit, prepared policy memoranda, presentations, and briefing documents for DOE’s leadership team, and coordinated the Operations Management Council, a decision-making forum for DOE’s top leadership.
After the White House Fellowship, Laura became the Associate Director of Innovations for Successful Societies, a research program at Princeton University. In this capacity, she helped develop a strategic plan and multi-year agenda for the program’s activities, and directed the production of nearly 80 case studies on public sector reform in challenging contexts. At this writing, Laura is moving to London, England to serve as Policy Principal on the Omidyar Network‘s Government Transparency team.