Laurie Au has devoted most of her life to lifting up the voices of everyday people, first as a journalist for the Honolulu Star-Bulletin and now working alongside them through community organizing.
Laurie has experience in politics and government, serving as the Press Secretary for the 2010 campaign of Governor Neil Abercrombie and later as the Deputy Communications Director in the Office of the Governor. In her roles within journalism and government, Laurie strived to make elected officials and government more responsive, honest, and accountable to the public.
In 2014, Laurie received her Master in Public Policy from the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, where she focused on community organizing, leadership development, and social entrepreneurship. Laurie has led and facilitated trainings on community organizing practices for groups ranging from senior-level public executives from around the world to youth activists.
A Pearl City High School graduate, Laurie grew up in Waipahu and also holds a journalism degree from the University of Maryland, College Park.