Laura Freschi

Director of Partnerships

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 as Managing Director of New York University’s Development Research Institute. She worked closely with the institute’s founder, William Easterly, co-writing an economic development history of Greene Street in New York City, and managing the Aid Watch blog as a forum to debate aid policies and practices. Her work on these topics has been published in The New York Times, Forbes, the New York Review of Books, The 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 new site to launch the US Financial Diaries Project, a study that collects data on how families manage their finances day-to-day and 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, travel Spanish and French, and can muster enough Syrian Arabic to confuse the most inquisitive of cab drivers. She is also a certified yoga teacher and aspiring tango dancer with an inexplicable passion for accordion music.