Laura Booth, Director
With over two decades of work dedicated to advocacy for low-income residents in the Boston area, Laura Booth brings expertise in public policy, program design and civic engagement, honed in her positions at the Cambridge Economic Opportunity Committee, the office of former State Senator Anthony Galluccio, Women’s Lunch Place, Heading Home, Inc., and a host of volunteer and community affiliations. Laura has long held working alliances with Greater Boston providers of community-based legal services to ensure that individuals are accorded access to legal resources and, in this, a voice in their own circumstances.
Since the late 1970’s, Laura has participated in a variety of progressive organizing initiatives at community, regional and national levels including establishing women’s international peace camps, protesting strip mining, advocating for incarcerated individuals and their families, securing rights for immigrants and promoting LGBTQ rights, among others. She also joined with disabilities activists nationwide to call on congressional leaders to pass the Americans with Disabilities Act.
An important quality that characterizes Laura’s work is her consistent focus toward gaining social and economic justice by increasing community participation through access and education. To this end, she has organized regular forums to provide community members opportunities to interact directly with elected city and state officials so that they can impact decisions and programs directly affecting them.
Laura completed post-graduate studies in the Women in Politics and Public Policy Program at the University of Massachusetts and earned a Master’s Degree in Public Policy from Tufts University’s Department of Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning.