Laurel Blatchford is a senior fellow at Blue Meridian Partners (BMP), where she works closely with BMP’s leaders, partners, and investees to identify and fund scalable solutions to the problems that trap young people and families in poverty in the United States. She is also a principal at Uplook Advisors, a strategy consulting firm she founded. Her clients include New York University’s Furman Center, the American Flood Coalition, and New Yorkers for Donovan, the exploratory committee launched to advance Shaun Donovan’s potential 2021 run for Mayor of New York City.
Before joining BMP in March 2020, Blatchford was president of Enterprise Community Partners, one of the nation’s leading social enterprises. During her six years at Enterprise, Blatchford worked with her team to double philanthropic funds raised; invested in state and local policy capacity, which generated millions more dollars for affordable housing nationwide; and played a key role in advancing Enterprise’s equity agenda, with a focus on racial equity.
Before joining Enterprise, Blatchford held a number of senior positions in government and the private sector, including leadership roles at the US Department of Housing and Urban Development during the Obama administration and in the administration of New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg.
Blatchford graduated cum laude from Williams College and received a master’s degree in public policy from the Harvard Kennedy School. She currently serves on the boards of the National Housing Trust and the National Housing Conference and is an active member of the Leadership Now Project.