Laura Beth Hooper joined DirectWomen as the Operations and Information Coordinator in February, 2017. Prior to joining DirectWomen, Laura Beth interned at the Tropical Audubon Society, Just Innovate, and the Consortium for Gender, Security and Human Rights. During her internships at these diverse nonprofits, Laura Beth cultivated a love of research and engagement with social issues. While in college, Laura Beth was head delegate of her university’s Model United Nations Team and author of an honors thesis on the gendered impacts of water infrastructure development in Dhaka, Bangladesh. She graduated summa cum laude from Baylor University in 2015.
Laura Beth Hooper | Operations and Information Coordinator
Shawn Kaminski | Executive Director
Beth Barefoot | Director of Finance and Operations
Beth is the Director of Finance and Operations for DirectWomen. Growing up in Oklahoma she witnessed gender and social injustice first hand, which became the driving force behind her early activism and chosen career in the political field. After graduating from the University of Oklahoma with a degree in Women's Studies, she worked on the Boren for Congress race as Operations Manager. The successful campaign led her out of the plains to Washington, DC where she spent three cycles at the DCCC as Deputy Chief of Operations, Administrative Director for Senator Mazie K. Hirono and most recently as Director of Administration for the data and analytics firm BlueLabs. She finished her law degree at Catholic University's Columbus School of Law in 2016 and plans to take the Maryland Bar Exam in 2017. Beth lives in Alexandria with her apolitical husband and two children.