Laura Carter serves in a dual capacity as an Associate Specialist at the Bixby Center and as a Program Research Analyst with the David and Lucile Packard Foundation’s Population & Reproductive Health program. She has an M.P.H. in Community Health Sciences from the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health. After an undergraduate experience that began with attending (and subsequently evacuating) Tulane University in New Orleans during Hurricane Katrina, she received her B.A. in psychology from the University of San Diego.
As a recipient of the Global Health Certificate via the UCLA Center for Global and Immigrant Health, Laura aims to address health disparities, social justice and gender inequity among global populations. She has assisted an orphanage and women’s refuge shelter in West Africa, and researched methods for designing programs to reduce maternal mortality in rural Afghanistan. She interned with the Planned Parenthood Advocacy Project, advocating for enhanced reproductive healthcare access and lobbying state legislators in Sacramento. In 2013, Laura’s policy brief on revising California’s human trafficking policies was honored by the UCLA Center for the Study of Women publication series Rethinking Policy on Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s Issues, and was published in the California Digital Library.