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Laura Tomasko

Laura Tomasko

Policy Program Manager


Laura Tomasko is a policy program manager for the Center on Nonprofits and Philanthropy at the Urban Institute. She oversees work on charitable giving and impact investing and ensures Urban’s research is widely used by practitioners, advocates, and policymakers. Before joining Urban, Laura was an associate program officer at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, where she managed a portfolio of grants focused on building policy and data capacity for the philanthropic sector. During the Obama administration, she served as a senior policy advisor for social innovation in the White House Domestic Policy Council and deputy associate director for public engagement at the Council on Environmental Quality. Laura previously held positions at national philanthropy associations, the Council on Foundations and Grantmakers for Effective Organizations, as well as community-based organizations, the Central New York Community Foundation and the Children’s Aid Society.