Laura has a background in the arts and culture sector, and has previously worked in venue and events management in a range of performance spaces in the UK and beyond. She grew up in Europe and the US and has heritage and family in Finland. She came to Brighton in 2010 to do an MA in Social and Political Thought and is passionate about the local community and the different groups supported by Sussex Community Foundation. She now calls Brighton her home and in her free time volunteers at a day centre for young homeless people in the city. She set up a community arts project working with the young people and local artists, to give them the resources they need to create and imagine a better world.