Laura Schifter

Laura Schifter

Senior Fellow

K12 Climate Action with the Aspen Institute

Laura Schifter is a senior fellow with the Aspen Institute leading the K-12 Climate Action initiative--an initiative to unlock the power of the education sector as a force for climate action, solutions, and environmental justice. She is also a lecturer on education with the Harvard Graduate School of Education where she teaches courses on federal policy and special education and a fellow with the Century Foundation. Previously, she worked as a policy and research consultant with clients including Education 2020, the Massachusetts Department of Education, and the U.S. Department of Justice. She also served as a senior education and disability advisor for Rep. George Miller (D-CA) on the Committee on Education and Labor and an education fellow for Senator Chris Dodd (D-CT) on the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee. After graduating from college, she taught elementary school in San Francisco. Schifter earned an Ed.D. in education policy, leadership, and instructional practice and an Ed.M. in mind, brain, and education from the Harvard Graduate School of Education and a B.A. in American studies from Amherst College.