Laura Kaloi brings expertise in government affairs, grassroots advocacy, development and communications to the firm.
With over twenty-five years of DC-based experience, she is an accomplished public affairs executive with keen interest and demonstrated results in Prek-16 education and health policy.
Laura creates partnerships, alliances and opportunities for clients to expand and strengthen their policy prowess, funding capacity, leadership, visibility and organizational effectiveness on key priorities.
Laura has worked for health and education-focused nonprofit organizations as a senior executive as well as the private sector. As a nationally recognized policy expert and child advocate, she has led and consulted on successful initiatives with the U.S. Congress, federal agencies, and with the White House.
Throughout her career, she has successfully influenced PreK-16 education, career and technical education, disability and workforce laws.
With a focus on vulnerable children and adults, Laura is recognized for her policy and advocacy successes in early learning, early literacy, education assessments and accountability, elementary and secondary education.
Laura has researched and published reports on U.S. education laws and enjoys public speaking, especially when she is training individuals on how the U.S. Congress works and effective ways to connect. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in English from the University of Utah and a Master of Public Administration (MPA) from Brigham Young University (BYU), Romney Institute, Marriott School of Management where she mentors MPA candidates and is chair of the Executive Advisory Board.
Laura is a proud parent of three young adults including a public middle school science teacher, a BYU cougar, and a Christopher Newport University women’s basketball player (go Captains!). She loves to walk, travel, and read historical biographies.
Kuna Tavalin has two decades of experience in public affairs, advocacy and strategic planning in the education and human services arenas.
Her laser-like focus on the essential elements of public policy can be seen in her legislative accomplishments in appropriations and authorizing laws.
A recent sample of achievements with her clients includes a five-year reauthorization of the Maternal, Infant and Early Childhood Home Visiting program, securing new support for family engagement in the Every Student Succeeds Act, which is now a grant program through the U.S. Department of Education, and an increase in funding for programs that support robust multi-generation education.
Kuna’s portfolio is wide-ranging and includes appropriations, early childhood home visiting, early childhood education and care, special education, family engagement, abuse and neglect prevention, and juvenile justice.
She began her career in the U.S. Senate where she worked for five years covering issues that ranged from early childhood education and poverty to housing, transportation, and judiciary issues.
Kuna displays a quick wit and keen ability to “read the room” that can be seen during her facilitation of work groups, national presentations, and legislative discussions.
As a volunteer, Kuna has been tutoring in literacy for twenty years, and she provides weekly diaper deliveries to families in need in her community. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Spanish Literature and Politics from Brandeis University and a Master of Arts in Teaching from Smith College.
A proud native of Vermont, she currently resides in Takoma Park, MD with her husband and children. All their free time is spent outside.
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