Laura Uttley develops federal advocacy strategies and facilitates outreach to congressional and federal policymakers in Washington, DC, positioning Woodwell Climate’s leading research to influence policy development and implementation.
Uttley has over ten years of experience working in policy and government relations with an emphasis on advancing evidence-based policy by improving communication between scientists and federal decision-makers. Prior to joining Woodwell, Uttley lobbied on behalf of universities and scientific associations at Lewis-Burke Associates LLC, a bipartisan lobbying and consulting firm. Previously, she served in the offices of Congressman James Langevin, Senator Jack Reed, and the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Legislative Affairs.
Uttley is an adjunct instructor at American University, where she teaches the Public Affairs and Advocacy Institute and Interest Group Politics. She is also a founding member of the Diversity in Government Relations Coalition and an active member of Women in Government Relations. Uttley attended American University, where she earned a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and a Master of Public Administration.