Laura Barrett

Laura Barrett is the executive director at Interfaith Worker Justice.

She has been a community organizer for more than 25 years. Barrett most recently served as executive director at the Center for Health, Environment, and Justice. Before that, she was the campaign director for Gamaliel as head of the Transportation Equity Network, Gamaliel’s campaign arm. She also worked as a field organizer for the Center for Community Change, and has served as director of Housing Comes First, the Missouri Public Interest Research Group (MoPIRG), and the Campaign for Jobs and Housing. She was the campaign manager for a ballot initiative that resulted in the passage of the largest per capita housing trust fund in America ($5 million annually), the St. Louis Housing Trust Fund. She has helped groups to win millions in public transportation funding, and has negotiated community benefits agreements and positive workforce development policies on the state, local and federal levels. Barrett is the recipient of the following awards: Women Who Move the Nation from the Council of Minority Transportation Officials (COMTO), the Mildred Bringewatt award from Lutheran Children and Family Services, the Open Doors Housing award from the Equal Housing Opportunity Council, and the Best Media Power Couple of the Year from the Riverfront Times newspaper. She holds a Master’s in Social Work from Washington University.

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