Laura Maristany is the Associate Director for Constructive Politics at Democracy Fund, an independent foundation working to ensure that our political system is able to withstand new challenges and deliver on its promise to the American people. Focusing on constructive politics, Laura leads the Governance Program’s strategy to explore what unites us, while helping governing institutions become more diverse, inclusive, and better able to serve all Americans. Current program grantees include the Women’s Public Leadership Network, Reflect Us, the Representative Democracy initiative, Millennial Action Project, the CATO Institute, Welcoming America and the Aspen Institute’s Socrates and Citizenship and American Identity programs.
A seasoned advocate, movement and community builder with extensive Capitol Hill and policy making experience, Laura previously served as chief federal advocate and Director of the Washington, D.C. office for the National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials (NALEO). Laura also served as Executive Director of Legislative Affairs for the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities (HACU). At both organizations, Laura played a key role in developing and implementing more inclusive legislative agendas and developing relations with Congress, the Administration, federal agencies, and other national and international organizations.
Laura began her career on Capitol Hill as an intern growing into Legislative Assistant and Public Affairs Liaison roles to former Congressmen Luis Fortuño and Pedro Pierluisi. In this capacity, she counseled the members on a range of issues including education, labor, housing, agriculture and faith based initiatives. Laura has also served as the President of the Hispanic Leaders Association, and an appointment as Commissioner in the Arlington Commission on the Status of Women.
Laura is a recipient of the Grand Cross of the Order of Civil Merit bestowed by the Spanish Crown. She holds a bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of Puerto Rico-Mayaguez Campus and a master’s degree in international commerce and policy from George Mason University.