Vice President, Strategic Operations
Laurel Potter Huerta (she/her) is the Vice President of Strategic Operations, leading the essential organization-wide systems that make WDN’s impact possible and support our team’s effective operations. A member of the WDN staff since 2006, her experience spans a wide range of activities, from conference planning, to the design and production of WDN publications, to organizing our annual lobbying program. Laurel also serves as the Managing Director of our c4 sister organization, WDN Action.
Prior to joining the WDN team, Laurel spent a number of years in Brazil and Spain working in the field of education. She has conducted fieldwork on progressive education policies in Porto Alegre, Brazil, collaborated on a study of innovative educational technologies with the University of Barcelona, and researched the impact of school reform on students’ learning experiences.
Laurel has also served as a Director of Teacher Training and Development for a language school consortium in Rio de Janeiro, an educational consultant in the Silicon Valley, a freelance translator, and an advisor for a multicultural children’s book project about environmental leaders. She holds a BA in English, Spanish, and Portuguese from UC Berkeley and completed graduate studies at the University of Barcelona.