Director of Donor Relations and Events, Smithsonian Institution
Laura Gobbi joined the Smithsonian's Campaign Team in June 2015. Leveraging the momentum of the Institution's first capital campaign that raised $1.88B. She developed a pan-institutional stewardship plan for donors that became the model for post-campaign advancement events and communications. Prior to the Smithsonian, Laura was Assistant Vice President of Alumni Relations and Institutional Giving at Mills College in Oakland, California. Laura managed all aspects of volunteer outreach and dramatically increased giving and alumni engagement.
Laura has a MA from New York University's Institute of Fine Arts and a BA in Art History and Flute Performance from Oberlin College. Before relocating to Washington D.C. from California, she served on the Board of Directors of the Golden Gate Audubon Society, one year she served as Chair. When she's not off looking for birds and nature journaling, she is probably swimming, her other preferred pastime.