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About Laura

Laura Cushman

I've been working in community engagement in various capacities for the last fifteen years.  I'm passionate about empowering people to make their neighborhoods better.  From working with disadvantaged youth, to helping families as they recovered from addiction, to my current job in Wellness Engagement at the Jewish Community Center, I've made a career of helping others be active participants in their communities.

I graduated from the University of San Francisco with a degree in sociology, with an emphasis in social justice.  In college, I interned at the Mayor's Office of Criminal Justice.  Observing the importance of early intervention in our youngest and most vulnerable populations, I then chose to pursue work in early childhood education as a teacher for children with disabilities.  While living in Miami, FL, I spent several years as a developmental specialist at the Linda Ray Intervention Center, a resource center for families with infants and young children who were exposed to cocaine in utero.  Every morning, we drove vans into the worst, most disadvantaged neighborhoods, and picked up infants and children to attend our program.  Within this position, I taught 12-week court mandated parenting courses for the parents and/or caregivers of our children.  I have seen firsthand, how support programming and inter-agency collaboration can assist those in greatest need.  While working in Miami, I completed my Masters in Exercise Physiology and Health Promotion with my studies culminating in a thesis that evaluated the effects of exercise and physical activity on young adults and children living with HIV.  

 

Photo of Laura When my husband and I had our first child, we mutually decided that I would stay home with our children, while he finished his medical training. In order to help support our household, I used my skillset as an accomplished endurance athlete to work part-time coaching runners and triathletes and allowing my primary focus to remain on our family. In addition to this, I also volunteered as a coach and mentor for Girls on the Run, and have led over 75 individuals to complete their first triathlon while simultaneously raising over $25,000 for organizations like Chicago PAWS, an animal shelter focused on no kill animal rescue and adoption.

My family and I moved to Salt Lake City in 2014, after years of planning, we knew it was exactly where we wanted to raise our children.  Since arriving, I have worked hard to be involved with the community, beginning in my Avenues neighborhood.  My oldest child attends Ensign Elementary, where I have been involved as a parent volunteer.   I have also been active with the Avenues Baseball League, of which I am the Marketing Coordinator.  When I am not running around outside with my family, you will find me working and volunteering at the Jewish Community Center.  

 

Involvement and Memberships

Avenues Baseball League, Board Member

Ensign Elementary PTA

Planned Parenthood Ambassador

ACLU, Member

 

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