Laurie has over 40 years of experience and has been working as a consultant for more than 18 years, providing planning and economic development services to municipalities, businesses, developers and not-for-profit organizations.
She worked in zoning and community development for local governments for 22 years, including 9 years as Director of Community Development for the Village of Wilmette, Illinois.
Laurie is a past member of the Evanston, Illinois, Plan Commission and a current member of the American Planning Association (APA) and Lambda Alpha International (LAI) land economics honorary society, of which she is Secretary on the Board of Governors.
In 2015, she was selected as the LAI Member of the Year for her strong leadership, guidance and steadfast support. In 2011, the Ely (Chicago) Chapter recognized her with the Distinguished Chapter Service Award for excellence in publishing the book The Plan of Chicago @100.
The Illinois Chapter of the APA honored her with the Distinguished Service Award for selflessly providing robust plan commission training in 2012.
Laurie has a B.A. from Bucknell University and a M.A. from the University of Chicago.