About the Director

Laura Roberts is the Director of the Worcester Community Project Center and part of the Interdisciplinary and Global Studies Division at WPI.

Laura comes to WPI after a number of years as a development professional in the non-profit sector.  She began her career at Seton Hall University in the Office of Grants and Research where she assisted faculty with securing grant funding for research and provided organizational support to the University’s Institutional Review Board.


After graduation from Seton Hall, Laura worked in the development department 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 is excited to serve as the 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.


  • BS, Social Policy and Planning, University of Connecticut
  • MPA, Non-profit Management, Seton Hall University
  • M.Ed, Eastern Nazarene College