Laura Johnson Collard
Laura is Executive Director of the Maryland
Association for Environmental and Outdoor Education
(MAEOE). Laura has more than 15 years experience in
non-profit and profit management in the UK and USA.
As Managing Director of the Children’s Information
Centre, a UK non-profit, Laura grew the income by 150%
to $1m by negotiating local government contracts and
securing grants from a variety of sources including
trust & companies (UK) and foundations. She has
worked with non-profit leaders to develop successful
strategies for strengthening and diversifying their
organizations funding bases. Laura’s skills include
change management, strategic planning and start-up planning
and implementation. She has used these skills to position
organizations for growth and sustainability and to develop
and initiate new projects. Laura holds an MBA from Thunderbird
School of Global Management and speaks Spanish as a
second language. Her areas of expertise include: Increasing
capacity of non-profit organizations, strategic planning,
financial management, and team building. She enjoys
making links between the non-profit sector and the public
and private sectors and engaging with business leaders
to enable them to incorporate strategies for building
a better community. Laura enjoys spending time outdoors
with her family.
(Interim Program Support - September 2013)
Maryland Green Schools Program
MAEOE 2013 Conference
Volunteer Maryland - Volunteer Coordinator
Allyson joined the MAEOE team in October. She is working to strenghten and build our Green Leader team.
Allyson graduated Magna Cum Laude from St. Mary's College of Maryland in May 2012 with a degree in Public Policy studies and a minor in Sociology. While at St. Mary's, she worked at the Admission's Office and in the Campus Center as an administrative assistant. She was also a member of the Policy Review Committee, served as a Student Ambassador, and participated in Future Leaders of the World (F.L.O.W) mentoring program. Allyson received the Public Policy Award and was published in Open Water, an undergraduate journal of social sciences. Her Volunteer Maryland role is sponsored by the Chesapeake Conservation Corps for the 2012-2013 service year. She plans to attend law school in the Fall of 2013.