Laura Lockard creates and implements strategic communications plans, leads and trains collaborative teams, builds coalitions, and energetically tackles complex and controversial issues.
Always with a public affairs frame, Laura’s wide range of strategic communications and advocacy efforts embrace grassroots campaigns to support broader initiatives.
Laura’s experience includes global public health programming and development initiatives, with a particular focus on the One Health interconnectivity of humans, animals, and the environment, such as zoonotic disease, health impacts of climate change, and food security. Most recently Laura was integral to providing COVID-19 communications response and public outreach and education planning.
Laura has stewarded global health outreach collaborations with federal and international health organizations such as: the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), National Institutes for Health (NIH), United States Agency for International Development (USAID) Feed the Future, USAID Democracy Human Rights and Governance, World Health Organization (WHO), World Animal Health Organization (OIE), Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), and the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), among others. Laura currently works with universities and non-profit organizations in East Africa and Central America, with additional international development expertise in Central Asia and the Caucuses.
In addition to global health communications and development leadership, Laura formerly held a variety of service leadership positions as Vice President of Communications and Public Affairs at the Woodland Park Zoological Society, Communications Director for the Seattle City Council, Deputy Communications Director for Gov. Chris Gregoire, Country Director for the National Democratic Institute for International Affairs, senior consultant for APCO Worldwide Public Affairs, National Organizer for Earth Day 2000 30th Anniversary, and advised multiple candidate and statewide initiative campaigns.
Laura is dedicated to serving the greater good and embracing the possibilities of a better world. That genuine passion combined with her proven expertise to lead strategic communications planning, media relations, and public affairs advocacy in Seattle, the US, and abroad is at the core of Lockard Communications & Advocacy.
Laura holds a M.S. from Northeastern University in International Relations and a B.A. from the University of Washington Henry M. Jackson School, Ellison Center for Russian, Eastern European and Central Asian Studies.
Laura consults for Washington State University public affairs and the Paul G. Allen School for Global Health providing global health development and media relations.
Also an active volunteer, Laura is a member of the Washington Global Health Alliance, the American Association for the Advancement in Science, Women in Global Health, National Democratic Institute for International Affairs alumni, and serves as chairperson of the Washington State Debate Coalition. Laura serves annually as a volunteer for the ODIHR Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) as an international election observer.