As a Director at KRL, Laura Brunts provides support to KRL’s clients through research and analysis, advocacy work and communications, and development of country entry strategies. She has worked with private sector clients to scope and develop corporate social investment portfolios, and oversaw adjustments to one major project as a result of the Ebola epidemic, securing over $2 million in US government matching funds. She has lead on the production of background briefings and political risk reports on a variety of markets in Africa and Latin America.
Ms. Brunts draws on her prior experience as a writer and editor in leading many of the firm’s communications projects, crafting strategic communications plans, drafting and placing content on behalf of clients, and building the firm’s database of media contacts. She plays a key role in shaping KRL’s public marketing and press outreach.
Ms. Brunts brings a diverse background to KRL. Prior to joining KRL in September 2012, Ms. Brunts supported democracy and governance programs at the National Democratic Institute in Washington, D.C. where she worked with lawmakers, civil society groups and political parties in West Africa. Ms. Brunts worked in the journalism industry for more than three years covering everything from local elections to international diplomacy. Her writings have appeared in the Washington Post, Newsweek International and TheAtlantic.com. She has lived and studied in West Africa and completed a master’s dissertation on election monitoring which included field work in East Africa.
Areas of Expertise
Advocacy, Communications, Country Entry, Governance, Elections, Research and Analysis
BA, Political Science, Columbia University
MSc, African Studies, Oxford University