Vice President / Director of Engagement and Culture
Laura Feldman is a passionate people person who colors outside the lines when needed. With her motto of “Do whatever it takes” in mind, she consistently maintains the company’s values and keeps its employees engaged.
Laura graduated with a bachelor’s degree in education from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, where she was on the executive board of her sorority Sigma Sigma Sigma. She soon fell in love with the non-profit sector because it allowed her to help people who were facing significant challenges find their superpower and overcome those obstacles.
Early in her career, Laura taught herself to approach her clients holistically by looking at the individual and their family, friends, and community. She also found she had a talent for connecting people with resources—as she says, “I liked putting pieces together to help people feel and function better.”
As a job developer, Laura became an advocate for individuals who were deemed “unemployable.” She believed each person had a superpower, regardless of diagnosis, and did whatever she could to match her client’s strengths with an appropriate job. Leading by example, she raised awareness that the only disability you ever need to be concerned with is a bad attitude. Her success brought her to the state level, where she served on the Employment Leadership Committee and continued advocacy for a larger population.
To broaden her horizons, she accepted a position as Corporate Recruiter for a subsidiary of Xerox, where she further developed her people skills in a corporate setting. Her positive contribution led her to be selected for their Future Leaders program. Nevertheless, she never forgot where she came from, so she encouraged the company to participate in many charitable initiatives during her time there.
Laura returned to her non-profit roots as a Development & Implementation Coordinator. She created process improvement and provided training to new service coordinators and strategic planning for the organization.
In March 2019, Michael Feldman asked her to join Feldman Geospatial to utilize her people skills and strong affinity for how a company treats its employees and contributes to the community.
As VP, Director of Engagement and Culture, Laura is tasked with safeguarding a philanthropic family business culture within the rapidly expanding organization. She constantly asks herself, “How can we maintain and sustain our culture—and improve it in line with our mission, vision, and values?”
When asked how she sees the future at Feldman Geospatial, Laura says, “Our founder, Harry Feldman, never met a stranger. The same goes for Michael Feldman. That spirit is critical to our company culture—and it’s at the heart of what I do. Feldman Geospatial isn’t just a survey company; we’re a people-first organization, and we have our eyes open to the future while still remembering where we came from.”
Laura is the founder of Feldman’s first Women’s Group. She continues to volunteer for the Special Olympics and participates in 5K fundraisers.