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Laura Uttley Adjunct Instructor Department of Government

MPA, School of Public Affairs, American University

BA, Political Science, American University

Laura Uttley leverages over 10 years’ experience in federal policy and government relations as an Adjunct Instructor for the Public Affairs and Advocacy Institute (PAAI) and Interest Group Politics.

Laura is the Director of Government Relations for the Woodwell Climate Research Center, where she develops federal advocacy strategies and facilitates outreach to congressional and federal policymakers in Washington, DC, positioning Woodwell Climate’s leading research to influence policy development and implementation. Prior to joining Woodwell Climate, Laura was a Principal at Lewis-Burke Associates LLC, where she led the defense and national security practice. Previously, she served in the offices of Congressman James Langevin, Senator Jack Reed, and the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Legislative Affairs.

Laura's broad policy expertise includes climate science and conservation, defense science and technology, defense health, infectious diseases, biodefense, and global health security, as well as higher education and workforce development.

She is a member of the Women in Government Relations Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee and the Personal and Professional Development Committee, as well as a founding member of the Diversity in Government Relations Coalition.
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Fall 2024

  • GOVT-524 Topics in Pub Affairs/Advocacy: Comm/Wrtg Methods for Advocacy