Laura has served The Ojai Foundation in many capacities since 2000 including as a youth leader, program manager, guest teacher, and interim Executive Director. She is a carrier of council, a ceremonial guide, and an activist/philanthropist committed to restoring our relationship with land and water both locally and globally. She has served as President since 2008 and on the Executive Stewardship Circle since its inception in July 2017.

“Over 16 years ago, I celebrated my 40th birthday high on a mesa in New Mexico during a Vision Fast ceremony guided by Roshi Joan Halifax. I was marking my birthday as well as a move with my family from Los Angeles to Ojai. I came down from the mountain with a vision: to create a center for celebrating life – nature, community, ceremony, children. When I shared my vision, Joan replied, “Why don’t you just go to The Ojai Foundation?!” There began a life-long love affair and commitment to the land and work of TOF. I have worn many hats over the years…always in service to bringing forth a more connected, just, and meaning-filled world. I am overflowing with gratitude for all I have received in return for what I have given…and, god willing, will continue to give until the end of my days.”