Laura Covarrubias is a Research Associate at Fairbank, Maslin, Maullin, Metz & Associates (FM3), a leading provider in public opinion research. Her work has helped various municipalities, school districts, city and county agencies, and nonprofits across the state refine policies and procedures, develop communication campaigns, and help identify viability for ballot measures. Since joining FM3 in 2017, Laura's research has helped pass 13 local revenue measures and school bonds. These measures provide several communities across the state with funds for essential City services such as public safety and emergency preparedness, as well as several school districts find funding for infrastructure repairs and upgrades in order to provide students with a better education. Her work has also helped develop communication efforts and campaigns for her clients on a variety of topics, from homelessness, early childhood education, water conservation, public transportation, and voting procedures across California.
Laura's passion for her work stems from a personal interest to help facilitate progressive policy changes and giving underserved communities a voice. Her calling to fight for policy reform came as a college freshman after she realized her public high school had left her unprepared to successfully pursue a STEM major. As a first-generation college student, she felt lost, without guidance or resources to help her pursue a career in technology. Instead, she chose to pursue a career that focuses on providing equity resources, including education, in California. Today, she helps clients not only find viable solutions to their problems, but also understand the varying opinions of the diverse communities in their areas of service in order to better meet their needs. Her research provides clients with actionable recommendations to improve communications with various stakeholders, and identify the services their communities need and want the most.
Laura holds a Master in Public Policy from the Sol Price School of Public Policy at the University of Southern California, and a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science with minors in Public Affairs and Geography from UCLA. She is also a proud member of the student-run organization Latinas Guiding Latinas de UCLA's alumni program, which provides mentorship to young Latina students in middle school and high school across Los Angeles, and is a member of the American Association for Public Opinion Research. When not in the office or volunteering, Laura is usually tending to her growing houseplant collection or crate digging for new vinyl records.