Laura Yates is an independent consultant, providing nonprofits and small businesses with support in program management, policy analysis, and information systems.
Laura graduated from Indiana University’s School of Public and Environmental Affairs in 2016 with a Master of Science in Environmental Sciences (MSES) and a Master of Public Affairs (MPA), concentrating in Sustainable Development and Policy Analysis. Laura has a BS in Economics and an LSM in Earth, Environment and Global Sustainability from Bentley University, where her research experiences included cross-cultural communication, environmental economics, and sustainability in business. Originally from Indianapolis, Laura spent seven years of her childhood living in Switzerland, where she was inspired by the Swiss cultural and regulatory approach to community and the environment.
In addition to her consulting business, Laura currently serves as Program Coordinator for the Byron Fellowship Educational Foundation, managing an annual week-long transformational experience, and providing long-term support for a community of generative leaders co-creating a flourishing world. Laura joined the Byron Mentor team after completing the Fellowship in 2013.
Laura also serves as Project Manager for Jagra Foundation’s Authentic Sustainability project, which supports people in having difficult, values-driven conversations in pursuit of a better world. As project manager, Laura facilitates difficult conversation workshops, coordinates curriculum resource development, and provides strategic and logistic support for the Authentic Sustainability book: Breaking Through Gridlock: The Power of Conversation in a Polarized World (Berrett-Koehler 2016) by Jason Jay and Gabriel Grant.
In 2014, Laura started the Little Leaf Project: an experiment in sustainable, values-driven living. Through this project, Laura designed and constructed her own tiny house, where she lived throughout the duration of her graduate program. For more information on the Little Leaf Project, view Laura’s TEDxBentleyU talk: “Building with Purpose: Learning to put Value into Action”