bioLaura Lauder is a native of Canton, Ohio and journeyed to the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and Seville, Spain for her undergraduate education. In 1992, she joined her husband Gary in their venture capital partnership, Lauder Partners, specializing in Internet and media investments.

Laura now primarily focuses her efforts on strategic grantmaking through the Laura and Gary Lauder Family Venture Philanthropy Fund and in numerous leadership capacities at local and national nonprofit organizations.

Laura and Gary co-founded the Socrates Program of the Aspen Institute in 1996. Laura currently serves on the Leadership Council of the Franklin Project, a policy program of the Aspen Institute to launch a National Service Initiative that creates the opportunity – the expectation – for every young person in America (ages 18 to 28) to serve their country doing a year of full-time community service. In 2014, Laura joined the board of trustees of the Aspen Institute.

Laura is also active in the Jewish community. She recently co-founded a national and international expansion of Jewish Teen Foundation boards, called the Foundation Board Incubator. She has also become deeply involved in Onward Israel, a program to provide college students with summer internships in Israel with tech start-ups, and joined their board in 2015.

In 2002, Laura founded DeLeT: Day School Teaching through Leadership, a national Jewish Teach for America program that is a selective fellowship to recruit, train and retain Jewish Day School teachers in the US. It is modeled on her experience as a fellow in the Wexner Heritage Foundation.

Laura additionally serves on numerous nonprofit boards. She is currently Vice Chair of the $1.8 billion Jewish Community Endowment Fund of San Francisco. She is on the National Constitution Center board of directors in Philadelphia and on the advisory board of the New Schools Venture Fund. She has served on the boards of the National Public Radio Foundation and Spark Networks — a NYSE Amex Company and parent of JDate.
Laura is active with the Young Presidents’ Organization (YPO/WPO), a global leadership network and is a fellow of the Council on Foreign Relations. She was named one of “10 Women to Watch” by Jewish Woman magazine in 2004. She has also won numerous awards, including Volunteer of the Year from the San Francisco Jewish Community Federation in 2011, the Jim Brooks Achievement Award in 2004, and the San Francisco Bay Area Dinkelspiel Young Leadership Award in 1999.

Laura is an avid cyclist and won a bronze medal in the Maccabi Games in Israel in cycling time trial in 2009. While she is a political junkie, she hopes to never run for political office, but is willing to climb any mountain on a bike. She lives in Silicon Valley with her husband, Gary; they are empty nesters as both of their children are in college.

Nonprofit Boards and Committees on which Laura serves:

  1. AIPAC, NW Regional Board
  2. Aspen Institute, Board of Trustees
  3. Aspen Institute, Socrates Program, Board Advisory Committee
  4. Barbro and Bernard Osher Foundation, Board of Directors
  5. DeLeT Alumni Network (through Hebrew Union College and Brandeis University), Advisory Board
  6. Duke University, Innovation & Entrepreneurship, Advisory Board
  7. Jewish Community Federation and Endowment Fund of San Francisco, Board Chair and Executive Committee Member
  8. Jewish Teen Foundation Board Incubator, Co-Founder
  9. Jim Joseph Foundation, Board of Directors
  10. National Constitution Center, Board of Directors
  11. Ronald Lauder Foundation, Board of Directors
  12. Service Year Alliance, Board of Advisors