Laura Deaton

Executive Director

mentor | gardener | animal lover

Laura nurtures fertile ground.  Whether working in her home garden or mentoring our teams, she’s always sowing seeds and cultivating success. Driven by a passion for helping people, the planet, and the nonprofit sector thrive, she leverages her legal background, teaching experience and three decades of nonprofit leadership to work together with teams to build capacity and generate measurable impact. Laura is a member of the Forbes Nonprofit Council, and has been honored with a Social Impact Award from the Harvard Business School Association of Northern California.

Outside of work, Laura spends free time in the Bay Area with family and her recently rescued super-mutts Griffin and Karma, and can often be found snapping wildlife pics, or engaged in a lively game of multi-lingual scrabble.


  • B.A. in Psychology from Boston University College of Arts and Sciences
  • J.D. from Duke University School of Law
  • Certificate in Strategic Perspectives in Nonprofit Management from Harvard Business School