Laura Barbieri is the Director of Development for GENYOUth where she is responsible for expanding revenue streams related to corporate and foundation partnerships, individual giving, and special events –and to amplify impact and awareness. Laura brings a breadth of business development experience and has worked with corporate, startup, and non-profit organizations to develop fresh ideas from strategy to execution.
Most recently, Laura took on a role at Toys “R” Us where she was tasked with reimagining the company’s giving strategy and deepening engagement for cause marketing campaigns that generate millions of dollars for nonprofit partners. At Toys “R” Us she strengthened her knack for creative problem solving and getting things done.
Prior to her stint in corporate America, Laura worked for a diverse mix of nonprofits including Foundation Center, Amnesty International and Global Citizen – where she had the opportunity to initiate and foster relationships with the world's biggest companies and deliver positive results and disruptive concepts for campaigns and partnerships.
Laura holds a M.S. in International Development from the New York University and a B.A. in Journalism from University of Massachusetts Amherst. She has written for sites including the Feminist Wire and the Huffington Post. Although a New Yorker at heart, Laura has travelled throughout Africa, Asia, South America and Europe. When she's not at work, she enjoys spending time with her husband and their dog, performing with her improv group or planning her next big travel adventure.