Laura Weidman Powers

Head of Impact

Laura leads Echoing Green’s impact-oriented work, including all aspects of our flagship fellowship and impact funding, and works cross-functionally to support priorities in strategy, development, communications, and operations.

As a 2013 Echoing Green Fellow, Laura co-founded and was CEO of Code2040, a nationally-recognized nonprofit whose mission is to ensure the full representation and leadership of Black and Latinx people in the innovation economy. In 2016, she joined the Obama Administration as a senior advisor to U.S. Chief Technology Officer. At the White House, Laura focused on issues of diversity and inclusion related to ensuring the hiring practices, entrepreneurial ecosystems, and tech products and platforms of the future work for all Americans, particularly those from historically marginalized backgrounds.

Laura is a 2018 Stanford Social Entrepreneur in Residence, and a 2016-2017 New America California Fellow. In 2016, Ebony included her on their Power 100 list, Foreign Policy Magazine gave her a Global Thinker award, and The Root named her one of the 100 Most Influential African Americans. Her work has been covered by The New York Times, Forbes, NBC, Bloomberg, Fast Company, Inc., NPR, and others. Laura has a BA cum laude from Harvard College and a JD and an MBA from Stanford University.