Laura Freschi

Director of Advocacy

Laura is Reboot’s chief connector and disseminator of knowledge. She acts as bridge across teams, ensuring that learning from Reboot’s project work drives our advocacy and outreach. She leads Reboot’s efforts to spread its philosophy and learning through writing, events, and partnerships.

Laura’s skills as a critical thinker and communicator were honed during her time at New York University’s Development Research Institute, where she co-wrote an economic development history of Greene Street in New York City, and managed and co-wrote the Aid Watch blog with economist William Easterly, as a forum to debate aid policies and practices. Her work on this topic has been published in The New York TimesForbes, the New York Review of BooksThe Lancet, and Alliance Magazine.

In the field of financial inclusion, Laura managed editorial strategy for the Financial Access Initiative at NYU Wagner. She oversaw the creation of a site to launch the US Financial Diaries Project, which provides insight into the design of better financial services.

Laura graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Brown University with a degree in comparative literature, and received her MA in international development and economics from the Johns Hopkins School for Advanced International Studies (SAIS). She speaks fluent Italian, and is proficient in French, Spanish, and Syrian Arabic. Though also a certified yoga teacher and obsessive seeker of remote travel destinations, she admits that all pastimes not directly related to the raising of her rambunctious babies Luca and Cleo have fallen by the wayside.