Laura Johnson is a Government Relations Coordinator in the Adams and Reese Mobile office and a member of the Adams and Reese Intersection of Business and Government Practice.
Laura assists businesses, advocacy organizations, nonprofits and additional government relations clients on navigating regulatory challenges and connecting their policy goals to further their growth. Laura’s clients span various industries, and she helps with crafting, planning and executing GR strategies at the local, state and federal levels, combined with implementing communications and public relations plans.
With a technology background and more than a 20-year career history in business, politics and the nonprofit sector, Laura has a diverse professional experience that converges at the intersection of business and government, resulting in a multidisciplinary skillset and sound institutional knowledge of the public and private sectors, where she’s developed strong working relationships and numerous partnerships.
Laura has worked on political campaigns at the federal, state and local levels. Her campaign experience includes organizing events, coordinating volunteer activities and collaborating with campaign personnel skilled in polling, opposition research, fundraising, logistical organizing and public relations to develop integrated campaign strategies. Laura also interned for the U.S. House of Representatives during college.
Laura’s experience in the nonprofit sector includes leadership positions held in public relations and development, in addition to program and information management. As the Development Director for a local homeless shelter and rescue and recovery program, Laura coordinated and oversaw the fundraising and public relations activities, while securing more than 20 business and community partners to provide educational classes, workforce development training and potential employment opportunities for program members.
Laura was also the Director of Information Management for a local nonprofit that helps house the homeless. She managed the operations, budget and staff administering the community’s federally mandated Homeless Management Information System (HMIS), a local database and software system used by homeless service providers funded through the departments of Housing and Urban Development, Health and Human Services and Veterans Affairs. She was also responsible for writing and securing government grants to fund HMIS operations, which required a strong working knowledge of federal, state and local funding directives and policy. In addition, she worked with partner agencies and government funders to compile community-wide reports on homelessness used to inform policy at the local, state and federal levels.
Prior to the nonprofit sector, Laura spent more than a decade in commercial banking, where she held positions as a Commercial Credit Portfolio Manager and Senior Credit Underwriter. In these roles, Laura underwrote loans and managed financial risk across high-profile, multimillion-dollar loan portfolios of commercial, industrial, government, institutional, nonprofit, healthcare, real estate and timber clients. She also developed close working relationships with business owners, financial managers and accountants to learn more about business operations, industry challenges and borrowing needs.
Laura is active in the community and serves on the board of directors and as Grant Foundation Chair for Rotary Club of Mobile-Sunrise. She is also a member of Junior League of Mobile and has previously served on the Mobile Area Chamber of Commerce’s Governmental Affairs Committee and Nonprofit Roundtable. Laura is a past board member of Ronald McDonald House’s Red Shoe Society. She has also served on the St. Paul’s Alumni Council and as vice president of her neighborhood association.
Laura is from Mobile, and graduated from St. Paul’s Episcopal School. She earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Management Information Systems from Auburn University.
Disclaimer: Laura Johnson is not licensed to practice law.
- Auburn University, B.S., 2000
- Rotary International Mobile Sunrise Club – Board of Directors, Grant Foundation Chair
- Junior League of Mobile, Member
- St. Paul’s Episcopal Church – Member
- Ronald McDonald House Red Shoe Society – Former Board Member
- United Way of South Alabama – Former Loaned Executive
Areas of Practice
Professional Affiliations & Memberships
- Mobile Area Chamber of Commerce – Former Member, Governmental Affairs Committee; Former Member, Nonprofit Roundtable