Founded in 1973, PFLAG is the first and largest organization dedicated to supporting, educating, and advocating for LGBTQ+ people and their families. PFLAG’s network of hundreds of chapters and more than 325,000 members and supporters works to create a caring, just, and affirming world for LGBTQ+ people and those who love them.
Laura McGinnis has dedicated her career in public relations to uplifting the voices of underrepresented peoples. As the senior manager of press and publc relations at PFLAG, she continues that work, ensuring the stories of LGBTQ people and allies are included in the media conversation.
Laura got her start with the Caraway Group in Washington, D.C. and counts among her mentors Flo McAfee, Yolanda Caraway, and Dana Shelley, people who have made their mark in American history. Through their guidance, she learned skills that would help her navigate messaging through sticky public policy initiatives, open doors of collaboration across cultural, language and racial barriers, and produce world-class events.
In 2009, she began working directly for the LGBTQ community. Alongside Cathy Renna, Laura served as a spokesperson and strategist to end the military practice of discrimination known as “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,” and to bring marriage equality to our nation's capital. She then worked as communications director for The Trevor Project alongside a team of incredible LGBTQ activists like Avery Belyeu, David McFarland, and Trevor co-founder Celeste Lecesne.
Laura earned an MPA and a Graduate Certificate of Nonprofit Management from the University of Oregon where she is a pro tem instructor teaching Strategic Communications in the Schoool of Planning, Public Policy and Management. She earned a B.S. in Business Administration from the University of Delaware. She is active in the foster-adoption community, co-facilitates LGBTQ+ Families of Eugene, and looks forward to beating her record of running 850 miles in one year.