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Laura Lockard

Laura Lockard

Director Public Affairs and Global Media Relations, WSU Paul G. Allen School for Global Animal Health | Director Public Affairs, WSU External Affairs and Government Relations<


All departments and service units within College of Veterinary Medicine including Paul G. Allen School for Global Animal Health

Affiliated Organizations:

  • Member of American Association for the Advancement of Science
  • Northwest Association for Biomedical Research
  • Washington Global Health Alliance
  • NW Science Writers Association
  • Global Network for Public Communications in Science and Technology
Phone: 509-335-4350



Laura is the Director of Public Affairs and Global Media Relations for the Paul G. Allen School for Global Animal Health. Her work centers on science and research advocacy and public affairs in support of healthy animals, healthy people, and a healthy planet.

Laura’s former leadership positions include serving as Vice President of Communications and Public Affairs at Woodland Park Zoo where she led strategic communications, public affairs initiatives, digital media, and local government relations efforts. Laura has worked for several elected officials in Washington state as the Communications Director and Strategic Advisor for the Seattle City Council, and as the Deputy Communications Director and external affairs liaison for Gov. Chris Gregoire.

Her wide range of international experience includes working for the National Democratic Institute for International Affairs in Armenia and Kazakhstan, the Foundation for Russian American Economic Cooperation, and APCO Worldwide Public Affairs. Each year Laura volunteers as an election monitor for the OSCE/ODIHR in the Former Soviet Union.

Personal Statement:

WSU College of Veterinary Medicine is committed to the health and well-being of animals and the direct relation between animal, human, and environmental health. I am driven by the hope for a better world via public education based on fact and science and I am proud to be a part of a great organization that encourages all of us to be better citizens and stewards of the animals, humans, and the environment.

Education &Training:

Northeastern University, Global Studies and International Relations, Boston, MA, 2016
Masters of Science (M.S.) – Global Studies & International Relations, Conflict Resolution

University of Washington, Jackson School of International Studies, Seattle, WA, 1996
Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) – Russian, Eastern European and Central Asian Studies

St. Petersburg University, St. Petersburg, Russia, 1996
Certification, Russian Language and Culture Program

Washington State University