Laura Cox Kaplan
A corporate and non-profit board member and adviser, Laura has more than 24 years of executive level experience in public policy, communications, corporate governance, and stakeholder engagement in the public, private and non-profit sectors. As the Principal-in-Charge of Government, Regulatory Affairs and Public Policy for global professional services and accounting firm PricewaterhouseCoopers, Laura has spent a decade on the executive management team of PwC and almost 12 years managing PwC’s public policy engagement strategy, which coordinates public policy strategies across the more than 150 countries in which PwC operates. She has also advised a broad range of c-suite level clients, and has significant experience building coalitions and partnerships to advance issues and policies. Currently, Laura serves on the board of directors for CoStar Group Inc. (NASDAQ: CSGP), a leading provider of information and data analytics in the commercial real estate industry.
Laura created the integrated public policy strategy that PwC employs today, as well as the firm’s political engagement strategy that aims to increase diversity in public policy and elected office. She also created and cultivated unique partnerships with NGOs to further PwC’s efforts in the women’s political engagement space. The Public Policy Intern Leaders program and curriculum she developed at PwC is recognized for combining the latest thinking in public policy and political engagement with PwC’s approach to leadership development. Laura also led and served in senior leadership positions at the American Institute of Certified Professional Accountants (AICPA) and the Center for Audit Quality.
More recently, Laura’s focus has been on how to better engage the private sector in longer-term efforts aimed at closing the gender gap in elected office, with particular attention to the talent pipeline, collaborations with partners in the private, public and non-profit space who are looking to address the various drivers that contribute to the lack of diversity in congress. Her work includes efforts to increase awareness about the importance of public service as a component of leadership, personal and professional development.
Laura writes a regular blog and has been published in Fortune Magazine, The Huffington Post, World Economic Forum Blog, among others, and speaks before a range of audiences from c-suite executives and corporate boards to students and community leaders.
Prior to joining PwC, Laura served in senior positions at the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, and the U.S. Department of the Treasury, where she focused on the legislative and regulatory response to corporate governance and accounting failures in the late 1990s, and on the implementation of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002. She spent almost 10 years on Capitol Hill as a senior communications strategist.
In addition to her corporate board directorship, Laura consults with and serves on a number of non-profit boards, including Running Start, All In Together, and the American Council on Germany. She also served on the Launch Committee for Sheryl Sandberg’s “Lean In” Foundation.
In 2016, Laura received the Alice Paul Alumnae award from American University for her work on women’s political engagement. In 2015, Laura was named one of Washingtonian Magazine’s 100 Most Powerful Women in Washington.
Laura received a Master’s degree from American University in Washington, D.C. and a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Texas in Austin. Laura and her husband Joel live with their son and daughter in Washington, D.C.