A corporate and non-profit board member and adviser, Laura has more than 24 years of executive level experience in public policy, communications, corporate governance, and stakeholder engagement in the public, private and non-profit sectors. As the Principal-in-Charge of Government, Regulatory Affairs and Public Policy for global professional services and accounting firm PricewaterhouseCoopers, Laura spent a decade on the executive management team of PwC and almost 12 years managing PwC's public policy engagement strategy. She has also advised a broad range of c-suite level clients, and has significant experience building coalitions and partnerships to advance issues and policies.
Prior to joining PwC, Laura served in senior positions at the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, and the U.S. Department of the Treasury, where she focused on the legislative and regulatory response to corporate governance and accounting failures in the late 1990s, and on the implementation of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002. She spent almost 10 years on Capitol Hill as a senior communications strategist.
Currently, Ms. Kaplan is an adjunct professor at American University, and serves on the Board of Directors of Costar Group (Nasdaq: CGSP). She also serves on a number of non-profit boards including: Running Start where she serves as Board Co-Chair; as well as on the Advisory Board for the Bush School of Government and Public Service at Texas A&M University, Value in Electing Women PAC, the National Women's History Museum's Development Committee, The Wilson Center's Women in Public Service Project, and the US Chamber of Commerce Foundation Advisory Board.
In 2016, Laura received the Alice Paul Alumnae award from American University for her work on women's political engagement. In 2015, Laura was named one of Washingtonian Magazine's 100 Most Powerful Women in Washington.
Laura received a Master's degree from American University in Washington, D.C. and a Bachelor's degree from the University of Texas in Austin. She is a native of Rising Star, Texas.