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Laura Atwell

Team Rubicon
Vice President of Development

Laura is the Vice President of Development for Team Rubicon, the only non-profit disaster response organization that utilizes the skills of military veterans to rapidly deploy emergency response teams. In giving veterans an opportunity to continue their service, Team Rubicon provides them with a sense of purpose, community and identity. Since the organization’s founding in 2010 following the massive Haiti earthquake, Team Rubicon has responded to over 210 disasters and grown from eight to over 7-,000 volunteer members. Team Rubicon has responded following Hurricane Sandy; the tornado in Moore, Oklahoma; Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines; wildfire in Pateros, Washington; the 2015 earthquakes in Nepal, the 2016 flood in Louisiana and Hurricane Matthew, and most recently to Hurricanes Harvey and Irma.


Laura Atwell has 30 years of experience in the fields of development, public relations, marketing and planning. Throughout her career she has specialized capital campaign fundraising and directing major gift programs in education, health care and social service organizations.


Prior to joining Team Rubicon, Laura served as Director of Major Gifts for Overlook Foundation where she was responsible for board development, capital campaigns and major gifts and helped to develop and launch the Thomas Glasser Caregivers Center. For 10 years, she served as Assistant Vice President with Ghiorsi & Sorrenti, Inc., where she served a diverse client group and conducted campaign planning studies and served as resident campaign director for organizations with multi-million-dollar goals. Prior to joining GSI, Laura supervised the major gift staff of 14 at NewYork-Presbyterian Weill Cornell Medical Center where she helped to develop campaign strategy and solicited seven and eight figure gifts as part of the $1 billion NYPH campaign “To Realize Medicine’s Promise and the $750 million “Advancing the Clinical Mission” campaign for Weill Cornell Medical Center. She also worked in the development field at New York Methodist Hospital, New Jersey Institute of Technology and Winchester Hospital. Early in her career she served as Bureau Chief for the Bridgeton Evening News and in public relations positions at United Cerebral Palsy Association of NJ, South Jersey Hospital System and the Memorial Hospital of Salem County. Her writing has appeared in Fund Raising Magazine and she has been a featured speaker at the New England Association of Health Care Philanthropy conference. Ms. Atwell has a degree in Journalism and Political Science from West Virginia University and holds a certificate in Nonprofit Management from the University of Illinois. She resides in South Orange, New Jersey with her husband, Jim.