Laura Runnels was born on a mountaintop in Tennessee, raised in a small-town in Mississippi, and educated in Connecticut, California, and Missouri. She has over twelve years of experience providing capacity building assistance, training, and coaching to local, state, and federal clients. She is known for designing and facilitating highly collaborative, efficient, and productive meetings, trainings, and workshops. As a strategist, she guides individuals, organizations, and coalitions through technical and adaptive challenges. Laura holds a masters degree from Saint Louis University and completed her undergraduate studies at Yale University.