Laura comes to Democratic politics from a background in social justice and public service. Born and raised in San Francisco, the child of immigrant parents, Laura began her career in public service as a paramedic working for the San Francisco Department of Public Health.
In 1980, a move to southern Oregon launched a distinguished career in law enforcement and an eventual passion for political activism. Laura also served in the U.S. Navy Reserve. After an injury suffered in the line-of-duty resulted in retirement from law enforcement, Laura turned her attentions to Democratic politics.