Laura has worked with Chris Whittle on all his communications and education initiatives. She is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of the University of Tennessee and holds an M.A. in English from the University of Florida. Prior to joining the Whittle team, she served as senior adviser and as chief administrative officer for Avenues: The World School. She worked for EdisonLearning (earlier known as Edison Schools and, before that, Edison Project) from its inception (in 1992) to 2007 in capital formation and investor relations. Her last position there was executive vice president for communications and corporate secretary. Before that, she was vice-chairman of Whittle Communications, where she served for 24 years and, in various positions, managed editorial operations, headed research and product development, ran a sales-and-marketing division, handled public affairs for the launch of Channel One (Whittle’s in-school television program), and managed major equity transactions.