Laura Carpenter is a skilled policy and program management professional with nearly a decade of experience promoting clean energy and energy efficiency from within the government and private sectors. Her passion for engaging on issues of global importance does not stop there, however. Laura was a founding member of the Archimedes Project, a clean water and sanitation social enterprise incubator, whose first enterprise has brought affordable, clean water to thousands of households in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. She worked on several higher education initiatives for an international nonprofit in New Delhi, India, and contributed to the development of an impact evaluation database to promote evidence-based policymaking. Laura is active in her local community, and currently cultivates community partnerships and guides the volunteer activities of the Junior League of Portland, ME as Chair of the Community Impact Committee.
Laura's first foray into public policy took place in college, when she secured the support of a NH state representative to initiate legislation to guide municipalities on the regulation of small wind energy turbines. She began her career in Washington, D.C. as an intern in the office of Congressman Tom Allen from Maine, and then as a member of the energy and environmental policy team of a government affairs firm. As a graduate student, Laura contributed to the development of an international Clean Energy Education and Women's Empowerment initiative as an intern with the U.S. Department of Energy. Prior to her current role directly managing energy efficiency projects, she served as a consultant to the U.S. Army and Air Force, supporting their clean energy and efficiency initiatives. Over the past several years, she has overseen hundreds of facility-related energy efficiency projects in the northeastern U.S. Laura's experiences abroad have impressed upon her the importance of energy in environmental sustainability, economic development and human well-being, and she is passionate about expanding clean energy access globally.
Laura graduated from Phillips Exeter Academy, where she enjoyed the multicultural environment fostered by living with other students from around the world. She attributes her commitment to serving others to the spirit of non sibi that was ingrained in her during those formative years. She earned a B.A. in Political Science and International Affairs from the University of New Hampshire and a Master in Public Policy from Georgetown University. Laura is an avid traveler in her free time, and is enthusiastic about continuous learning and maintaining a global perspective.