About the Assistant Director

ad pic2Laura Roberts is the Assistant Director of the Worcester Community Project Center.  Laura is responsible for the website and marketing materials for the WCPC and its affiliated branches, the Center for Community Empowerment and Environmental Responsibility and the Massachusetts Water Resource Outreach Center. In addition, she is involved with outreach to potential project sponsors, interviewing student applicants, and grant writing.

Laura comes to WPI after a number of years as a development professional in the non-profit sector.  She began her career while she was a graduate student at Seton Hall University.  At Seton Hall, she worked in the Office of Grants and Research where she maintained the department website, assisted faculty with securing grant funding, and provided organizational support to the University’s Institutional Review Board.

After graduation from Seton Hall, Laura began working as a Development Assistant at Foodshare, the regional food bank for the greater Hartford region in Connecticut. Following her time at Foodshare, Laura relocated to the Boston area and spent the next decade, increasing her responsibilities and expertise in non-profit fundraising and development through her work at Caritas Carney Hospital and Partners Home Care and Hospice.

Prior to joining WPI, Laura served as the Director of Development for Year Up Boston, an organization that seeks to close the opportunity divide by providing low-income young adults with the skills, experience, and support that will empower them to reach their full potential through professional careers and higher education.  At Year Up, Laura was responsible for fundraising, marketing, events, and volunteer management for the Boston site.

Laura holds a BS in Social Policy and Planning from the University of Connecticut.  She also holds a MA in Public Administration and Nonprofit Management from Seton Hall University and a MA in Education from Eastern Nazarene College.

Laura is excited to serve as the Assistant Director for the Worcester Community Project Center where she is able to meld her passion for education with her extensive experience in non-profit management and development.