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City of Phoenix, Council Office, District 3
200 W. Washington St., 11th Floor
Phoenix, AZ 85003
Etter, Chief of Staff
is Chief of Staff for Councilman Bill Gates.
As Chief of Staff, Laura provides a
visible link between elected officials and the public, acting as a
representative of the Councilman in dealings with constituents (both
individually and in groups), City Departments, and Committees providing staff
assistance to the Council. Laura is
responsible for conducting research, drafting correspondence and speeches, and
staffing City Council Subcommittees. She
serves as policy advisory and develops yearly strategic plans and priorities
for the District. She also supervises
the constituent service function, resolves complex cases, conducts research and
report writing, and oversees office operations including supervising other
positions in the office, and budget and calendar management.
joining District 3, Laura was Senior Associate for a Phoenix-based public
affairs and government relations firm where she provided representation for
public and private sector clients within state, county, and local government
and focused on providing on consistent and efficient communication between
client, community, staff, and government officials. Additionally, she provided executive management
services for non-profit clients and overall project management to engage
regional and community leadership in collaboration on various issues.
currently serves as a Board Member for the Greater Phoenix Chamber Valley Young
Professionals. She is a currently part of the Blue Blazer Squadron, an Alumni Association of the Honorary Commanders Committee of Figher Country Partnership supporting Luke Air Force Base. From 2012-2014 she completed the
56th Fighter Wing Honorary Commander Program at Luke Air Force Base,
a community outreach program focused on fostering relationships between local,
civic, and business leaders and base personnel.
Laura was also a panelist in 2013 at the 9th Annual Women in
Laura is a
graduate of Valley Leadership Class 32, a leadership
development organization in the greater Phoenix metropolitan area, dedicated to
engaging, educating and challenging current and emerging leaders to take an
active role in strengthening and transforming communities. She remains actively involved in the
organization as a Community Steward and served as Leadership Institute Vice Chair
from 2012 - 2014. She previously chaired
the Community Engagement Program Day Chair, coordinating the joint program day
with Hispanic Leadership Institute. Additionally,
she has been involved in the Urban Land Institute (ULI), serving as Membership
Chair for the Central Arizona Young Leaders Group, part of the ULI Main
Membership Committee, on the ULI YLG Programming committee and on the Regional
an undergraduate degree in Political Science from Arizona State
University. She received her Juris
Doctor degree from the William S. Boyd School of Law at the University of Nevada
Las Vegas and graduated with a Dean’s Award.
She is licensed to practice law in both Arizona and California. Prior to returning to Arizona, Laura worked
at a law firm in Southern California and focused on advanced estate planning,
estate taxation, and corporation formation.
Dominic Papa, Council Aide
Rose Ferguson, Council Administrative Assistant
Christine Bishop, Council Intern