Laura Park

Director of Institutional Development and Finance

Laura Park has worked at DPLF since 2000 and currently holds the position of Director of Institutional Development and Finance. During her first years at DPLF, Laura was in charge of the institutionalization of the organization, which was beginning its programmatic and investigative activities. In 2005, after the sudden passing of the organization’s Executive Director,  Laura took on the responsibility of co-directing the organization with Katya Salazar. Currently, along with the Executive Director and the board of directors, Laura is part of the DPLF executive team. Laura  manages the finances, administration, human resources, and institutional development, including the implementation of the strategic plan and the development of project proposals and reports. Laura also supports the Executive Director in activities related to the organization’s board of directors.

Before coming to DPLF, Laura worked as a Project Development Specialist (1998-1999) and Latin American Program Senior Operations Officer (1989-1998) for the International Organization for Migration (IOM), located in Washington, D.C., where she dealt with topics of international migration, including trafficking of persons, emergencies and resettlement of refugees, return of exiles, and migration for development. Laura is a U.S. national but spent her formative years in Chile. She received her Masters in Latin American studies from the University of Texas in Austin and her Bachelors of Arts in American Studies from Georgetown College.