Laura Hattendorf is a Senior Advisor to Mulago and was the former Head of Grants and Investments for the foundation for 14 years. In that role, Laura was responsible for Mulago's investment strategy and process.
Laura is also a Lecturer at Stanford's Graduate School of Business – co-teaching the course Starting and Growing Social Ventures – and an advisor to many social enterprises around the world, including Mulago’s Rainer and Henry Arnhold Fellows.
Laura thrives in entrepreneurial environments and most of her professional career has been in early stage companies. In the social sector, Laura co-founded Sustainable Conservation, a non-profit organization that innovates and implements economic solutions to environmental problems. Laura was its Executive Director from 1993 to 2000 and served on its Board of Directors through 2012.
In the private sector, Laura was an early employee – and ultimately a partner – in the McArthur/Glen Group, a national commercial real estate developer that had a successful IPO. Laura started her career doing business strategy consulting with Strategic Planning Associates, which has since been acquired by Oliver Wyman. To jump-start her transition to the social sector, Laura spent a fantastic summer working at Yosemite National Park, where she focused on improving park operations and exploring the backcountry of the High Sierra.
Laura received her BS in Economics and Finance from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, and her MBA and Certificate in Public Management from Stanford University.