Laura Desmond directs the strategic alignment and development of innovative and sustainable fundraising campaigns. She leads a team of advancement professionals who seek to serve the JumpStart mission of unlocking the full potential of diverse and ambitious entrepreneurs to economically transform entire communities through individual, corporate, foundation and government support.
Prior to JumpStart, Laura served as the Associate Dean for External Relations at the Weatherhead School of Management at Case Western Reserve University. At Weatherhead, Laura raised significant gifts for scholarships and global programming as part of the Forward Thinking campaign. Her responsibilities included the Weatherhead 100 gala event, which celebrates the 100 fastest growing companies in Northeast Ohio, and the Global Forum for Business as an Agent of World Benefit.
Prior to CWRU, her experience includes engaging philanthropists and directing multi-million dollar campaigns for The Cleveland Orchestra, Applewood Centers and the American Red Cross.
Laura received her Bachelor of Arts in Economics from the University of Michigan.