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City of Phoenix, Council Office, District 3
200 W. Washington St., 11th Floor
Phoenix, AZ 85003
Laura Etter 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.
Prior to 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.
Laura 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 Leadership Event.
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 Visioning Committee.
Laura holds 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