Laura spent 10 years, from 2008-2018, as the Director of the Georgetown University Women's Center. In 2011 she joined the Women's and Gender Studies program as an adjunct instructor. She continues to teach in the program. Currently she is the Gender Based Violence and Public Health Specialist with the Cloudburst Group. She provides training, technical assistance and subject matter expertise on a variety of issues including the intersection of GBV and housing, public health and homelessness, the Violence against Women Act (VAWA), the Family Violence Prevention and Services Act (FVPSA) program and analysis about how GBV impacts communities and systems. In addition to her work with the Cloudburst Group, Laura is a Title IX expert and Qualitative Research Associate for Rankin Climate where she leads focus groups and provides feedback for colleges and universities to better address issues of diversity, equity and inclusion.
Laura brings over 20 years working to address and eliminate sexual assault, dating violence, domestic violence, stalking and human trafficking Throughout her career, she has worked with victim service providers (VSPs), campus-based sexual assault programs, non-profits, government agencies, and the U.S. military to prevent and respond to GBV. Her background includes work as a shelter advocate and educator in both rural and urban communities, hospital advocacy, and responding to survivors in crisis. Ms. Kovach has provided education and training for shelter and housing programs, VSPs, non-profits, healthcare providers, and youth programs. In prior practitioner and consulting roles, Laura oversaw Federally funded domestic violence and sexual assault grants including outreach and education strategies, curriculum development and training and technical assistance. Laura brings an understanding of federal regulations and policies to support GBV grantee compliance with federal funder requirements including FVPSA, VAWA, Campus SaVE and Title IX. She is an excellent communicator, strong writer, and trainer and is adjunct faculty teaching on Women's Studies, Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence at Georgetown University.