Laura D. Vergara

Partnerships Officer

Laura leads the development pipeline of existing and potential partners to advance the mission of the Foundation and the impact of its programs and initiatives in Central America.

Prior to SIF, Laura worked for the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation’s Grand Challenges Team, where she assessed the partnerships best practices and co-developed a framework to maximize the collaborative advantage of partnerships. She also worked for Washington Business Week, a business education nonprofit, as their Development and Finance manager, and United Way of King County, an international nonprofit, as a Development professional. Her development and social impact experience expands to South America.

Laura holds a Masters of Public Administration with a concentration in non-profit management from the University of Washington. As a member of Nova Southeastern University’s Presidential scholarship program, she obtained a Bachelor of Science in Finance with a minor in leadership and a Bachelor of Arts in International Studies with a minor in international business. She also completed a semester abroad at Kings College of London through the Summer Scholar’s scholarship.

Laura is originally from Colombia, lived in South Florida, and currently resides in Seattle. She is bilingual in English – Spanish, and is learning Italian.

I am honored and proud to work for SIF, as it is an organization dedicated to supporting efforts to strengthen good governance, equity, and mitigate displacement and migration in Central America. To build a more just and equitable world, we must commit to supporting each other.

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