Denver, CO, January 3, 2024 – The Kindbridge Research Institute (KRI) is thrilled to announce the addition of Laura Knaster as the new Director of Community Relations and Fundraising. With her extensive background in communications and non-profit leadership, Laura is set to revolutionize the Institute’s community engagement and funding initiatives across Colorado.
Laura brings to KRI a wealth of experience in strategic messaging and design thinking. Her exceptional skills in storytelling and convening make her the ideal candidate to enhance the communication of the Institute’s research findings and projects within the Colorado community. Moreover, her expertise will be pivotal in developing sustainable funding sources, a critical step for KRI’s growth and expansion in the state.
Daniel Umfleet, Vice-Chair of the KRI Board, expressed his enthusiasm about Laura’s appointment: “We are incredibly fortunate to have Laura join our team. Her arrival marks a significant milestone in our efforts to deepen our connection with the Colorado community. Since our arrival in the state in 2023, Colorado has been an incredible base for us, and with Laura on board, we are poised to strengthen our impact even further.”
Laura Knaster, a Colorado native, is an alumna of the University of Colorado, where she graduated summa cum laude with a B.A. in Communication. She also holds a Master’s degree in Design Management and Communications from Georgetown University. Her career has spanned various roles, from management consulting to leading non-profit initiatives, always focusing on creating compelling narratives and building holistic alliances.
In her statement, Laura shared her vision for her new role: “Joining the Kindbridge Research Institute is a homecoming for me in many ways. I am excited to leverage my experience in building meaningful connections and narratives to support KRI’s mission. Together, we will create pathways that not only communicate our research effectively but also forge strong, lasting relationships within the Colorado community and beyond.”
As Laura embarks on her journey with KRI, her focus on strategic communication and community engagement is expected to usher in a new era of growth and impact for the Institute, reinforcing its commitment to advancing research and serving the Colorado community.