Laura Cheng

Special Projects Associate, Field Leadership

As Special Projects Associate, Laura offers support for a variety of different projects including the signature annual event, the Gathering of Leaders, and Field Leadership strategy work. Combining her skills in research, communications, and program support with her interests in social justice and equity, Laura provides leverage across all aspects of Field Leadership to promote the New Profit mission and ambitious growth strategy.

Raised by hardworking immigrant parents, Laura was both inspired by their strength and determination and frustrated by the lack of social supports and resources available to low-income communities across the nation. Motivated to take action, build collective strength, and encourage social responsibility in others, Laura spent much of her youth working with local grassroots community organizations to develop civic engagement initiatives that uplifted the voices and needs of those traditionally unheard. Along the way, she developed a passion for social justice and a commitment to ensuring that all individuals have the right to opportunity in America.

Prior to joining New Profit, Laura was a Global Health Corps fellow at the Boston Public Health Commission, where she was tasked with finding innovative solutions to some of the most complex problems in the city. There, she developed marketing collateral, briefings and data-intensive reports for the executive office, senior leadership team and City Hall in support of the Health Equity Goals, an initiative that sought to reduce racial disparities in health outcomes in the key areas of Chlamydia, low birth weight and obesity. During her time at the Commission, she also played a managing role in the Office of Communications, where she was responsible for all social media efforts. Before her fellowship, Laura worked with the New York City Department of Health & Mental Hygiene to support projects around healthy eating, active living and tobacco-free living, conduct environmental scans and surveys of neighborhoods throughout Brooklyn, and build relationships between partner organizations, city officials, external stakeholders and the public.

Laura received a B.S. in Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology at Yale University. Outside of the office, she enjoys baking (in the kitchen and Food Network), reading, hiking and East Asian dance.