As a Director at KRL, Laura Brunts has worked with a variety of public and private sector clients, including principals, on research and analysis, advocacy and communications, and country entry strategies.
She has helped major multinationals develop corporate social investment portfolios, and oversaw adjustments to one project as a result of the Ebola epidemic which netted over $2 million in U.S. government support. A former journalist, Laura leads many of KRL's communications projects and built the firm’s first database of media contacts. She designed a communications plan for a winning presidential campaign, and has advised on strategic messaging for multiple African governments. She plays a key role in shaping KRL’s marketing and press outreach.
Prior to joining KRL in 2012, Laura 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. She spent more than three years in the journalism industry, covering everything from local elections to international diplomacy. Her writings have been published by the Washington Post, Newsweek International, The Atlantic, and other publications.
Laura holds a Bachelor's degree in political science from Columbia University and a Master's in African studies from Oxford University. She has lived and studied in West Africa and conducted field work in East Africa. She speaks basic French and some Twi.