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Laura Hayden


Laura grew up in Ann Arbor, Michigan attending the Ann Arbor Public Schools. She left town earlier than most to finish her high school years at an elite ski racing academy in Vermont. From there she went on to captain the Division 1 Dartmouth Ski Team where she was on the NCAA championship team all four years while earning a BA in English. She then began her career in advertising and marketing in Chicago at Leo Burnett where she worked on the Proctor & Gamble and Hallmark Accounts. A former Leo Burnett VP then brought her out to Portland, Oregon to help build the Queen Anne chocolate brand where she managed the new product development process and worked with clients such as Target and Wal-Mart. When the brand was successfully sold to World's Finest Chocolate she went on to attend Harvard Business School where she was elected alumni president of her 90-person section. After graduating from HBS she was hired to be part of the HBS Admissions board where she evaluated and interviewed hundreds of top global business school candidates and oversaw marketing yield strategy. Since moving to Ann Arbor in 2012 she served three years on the Local Development Financing Authority where she helped direct state treasure funds toward local economic development. She's currently co-chair of the Ann Arbor Social Capital Fund, co-chair of the Burns Park Peer to Peer program a certified substitute teacher in the Ann Arbor Public Schools and Associate Director of Children's Programming at First United Methodist Church in downtown Ann Arbor. She lives in the Burns Park neighborhood with her husband and three children who all attend the Ann Arbor Public Schools.

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