Laura Lazarus is the Chief Operating Officer of Telesis Corporation, a national company which plans, finances and creates urban communities focusing on comprehensive revitalization which includes affordable home ownership opportunities and mixed-income rental strategies, as well as addressing the needs of residents in the areas of education, health, green living and civil engagement. Laura has a longstanding commitment to high-impact projects that bring change to low-income and distressed neighborhoods. Laura recently returned to Telesis after serving as Executive Director of Lantern Community Services, a supportive housing nonprofit, and Chief Program Officer at Lenox Hill Neighborhood House, a New York-based settlement house serving 20,000 people annually. In 2007, she served as Deputy Commissioner of New York City’s Department of Housing Preservation and Development. Laura earned her A.B. from Princeton and her J.D. from Georgetown.