Laura Zumdahl, BoardLead Trainer

Laura Zumdahl is a BoardLead Trainer at Cause Strategy Partners. She currently serves as President and CEO of New Moms, a nonprofit agency working with homeless and impoverished young moms and their children in Chicago. She is also the CEO of Bright Endeavors, a social enterprise that provides job training to young moms while producing soy candles that are sold nationally.

Prior to joining New Moms, Laura served as Vice President at Donors Forum (now Forefront), where she provided leadership to collaborations between nonprofits and funders and capacity-building efforts to strengthen nonprofits in the sector. She received a PhD focused on nonprofit leadership in 2010.

Laura received the prestigious Emerging Nonprofit Leadership Fellowship from the Chicago Community Trust in 2010. Her fellowship research focused on innovation and using design thinking in nonprofit organizations to address social problems. Laura has been a proud Big Sister mentor for 10 years and serves on the boards of Trinity Christian College and Chicago Jobs Council.

Laura earned a BA in Sociology from Trinity Christian College, an MA in Social Work from the School of Social Service Administration at the University of Chicago, and a PhD in Leadership from Cardinal Stritch University.

Laura’s causes: Anti-poverty programs and social enterprise.