Ms. Trent brings diverse knowledge of community research and systemic change to her role as Project Manager at Spark, where she applies her passion for public policy to projects ranging from climate change to infant mortality reduction. Her background includes extensive experience in community education and facilitation, and she has facilitated conversations around juvenile justice, child welfare, and mental health services
Laura was the Director of Research, Convening and Policy at an Oklahoma City-based nonprofit prior to joining the Spark team. Her work combined community and service provider data to determine the true impact of nonprofit services, and includes two widely-read publications on independent living and community preparedness. Laura also developed a data center to serve central Oklahoma nonprofits and has presented on data visualization development and benefits.
Outside of Spark, Laura teaches yoga, loves to run, and sits on the Rose Andom Young Professionals Board. She enjoys spending most of her time with her husband and two rescue dogs, eating delicious food and exploring life.
Laura holds a Bachelor of Arts from Wofford College in Spartanburg, SC and a Juris Doctor from Charleston School of Law. She is licensed to practice law in the State of Colorado.