Laura Manley is Project Manager at The Governance Lab (GovLab) based at New York University. She developed and coordinates the Open Data 500, the first comprehensive study of U.S. companies that use open government data to generate new business and develop new products and services. She has over 10 years of experience working with NGOs and social enterprises in the US, South Asia, Sub-Saharan Africa and South America specializing in startup strategic planning and organizational development.
Laura is also the Director of Social Entrepreneurship Research at the NYU Stern School of Business and has worked with multiple development agencies including the United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, the National Endowment for Democracy, UNICEF, and MasterCard Foundation. She holds a Bachelors in Business Administration from the University of Massachusetts Amherst and a Masters in Public Administration from NYU Wagner focusing on international policy and entrepreneurship.