Laura Nettleton

Laura Nettleton is the Director of Development at Explore Austin and is responsible for implementing and executing Explore’s fundraising strategies. Her vision is to create a diversified and sustainable funding approach to undergird expenses while supporting growth in serving and expanding the impact on Explorers. Laura is passionate about aligning donors’ interests with opportunities to help others.

Laura earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology and Women’s Studies from Hope College in Holland, Michigan in 2009 and her Master’s Degree in Advertising from The University of Texas in 2011. Laura spent four years working in advertising agencies as a campaign strategist before she finding her place in the nonprofit sector. Since then, Laura led the expansion of the grants department and regional development team of PCHAS, executing over $3.5 million in donations. Laura’s expertise lies in major gifts, donor cultivation, grants, events, and research.    

Growing up Laura’s family moved often, so Laura learned to make friends through sports and outdoor activities. While living in Montana, Laura’s interests in fishing, hiking, and skiing flourished. During her summers Laura visited her grandparents in Michigan where she learned how to sail, horseback ride, kayak, canoe, and go mucking in the marsh. Today, Laura spends most of her time running, lifting weights, cycling, camping, and climbing. The outdoors is akin to a sanctuary for Laura—empowering her mind, body, and spirit. Because of this, Laura truly believes in the power of the outdoors in helping to transform youths’ lives.

Email Laura at [email protected]