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Laura Stephany
Health Policy Manager

“Standing up for the vulnerable, especially children, is what makes me tick. Providing a voice for this
often-voiceless population is our best prospect for investing in the future.”

A born and raised Pittsburgher, Laura completed her undergraduate studies at the University of Pittsburgh, earning a Bachelor of Arts in History and Political Science. Laura began her career in the legal sector, working as a real estate paralegal for K&L Gates. In this role, she performed substantive legal work for a variety of corporate and nonprofit clients. Through her capacity as a paralegal, Laura volunteered with Neighborhood Legal Services and the Family Court to obtain Protection from Abuse orders for domestic violence victims. Laura’s experience working with nonprofit clients and providing hands-on services to vulnerable populations led her to pursue a career in the social sector.

In 2013, she completed a post-baccalaureate certificate in Nonprofit Management at the University of Pittsburgh. While enrolled in this program, Laura managed the Child Welfare Education for Baccalaureates (CWEB) program in the University of Pittsburgh’s School of Social Work. After completing an internship with Sojourner House, an East Liberty nonprofit providing compassionate, faith-based addiction recovery services to mothers and their children, Laura assumed the role of Director of Development for the organization.

In 2017, Laura graduated from the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public and International Affairs (GSPIA), where she earned her Master of Public Policy and Management degree. She joined the Allies for Children team in 2018 as the Health Policy Coordinator.
While a GSPIA student, Laura participated in the Leadership Portfolio Program. Through this program, Laura had the opportunity to serve on the Board of Directors for Auberle, a human services organization whose mission is to help troubled children and families heal themselves.

At Allies for Children, she works to effect change on a wide range of children’s health issues in collaboration with partners spanning the public, private and nonprofit sectors. By participating in and leading coalitions, Laura has joined the vital effort to empower organizations to harness their collective strength. Laura aims to solve systemic problems contributing to the plight of populations she has served, advocating for policies that address the root cause of existing injustices to advance social change.

Laura currently resides in the Stanton Heights neighborhood of Pittsburgh with her husband, Andy, and her spirited five-year- old daughter, Audrey. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her family, practicing yoga, and cheering on her Pitt Panthers.