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Laura Daum

Senior Grant Writer
Hometown: Memphis, TN

Pronouns: she/her/hers

Laura has over 20 years of experience working in the nonprofit sector. She is passionate about supporting individuals and organizations through periods of change. She spent her early career as a therapist, working first at a community mental health center and then at a shelter for women and children survivors of domestic violence. She went on to become the director of a preschool, where she put her training and experience to use in different ways. Laura is a longtime supporter of the arts, and spent the last several years working as a development coordinator at a multidisciplinary contemporary arts center. In this role, she performed background research for new projects and initiatives, managed the organization’s grants program, and refined the organization’s development strategy.

Laura holds an MA in Counseling Psychology from Arizona State University and a BS in Psychology from Guilford College. Her training in active listening, conflict resolution, and group dynamics has served her well in all of her professional roles.

Laura loves to travel: Costa Rica is next on her wish list. When she’s at home in Memphis, she can be found trying out new restaurants, seeing live music shows, and browsing through her favorite vintage stores in search of mid-century furniture and the wildest 1960s and 70s dresses she can find.


What is your hidden talent?

My hidden talent is sewing. I love making clothing from vintage patterns.

What punctuation mark would you be and why?

I'd be an exclamation point! I tend to be an enthusiastic person.

What is your grammatical pet peeve?

My pet peeve is the misuse of "further" vs. "farther."

What is your favorite way to spend a Sunday afternoon?

Spending time in the park with my partner, our children, and our two dogs, followed by making pizza from scratch (a Sunday tradition in our house).

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