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Laura DiCola Joins GAR Foundation As Senior Program Officer for Education

Laura DiCola, Senior Program Officer for Education

GAR Foundation is delighted to announce the appointment of Laura DiCola as its new Senior Program Officer for Education. With a distinguished career spanning law, education, and non-profit leadership, Laura brings a wealth of experience and a deep commitment to advancing educational opportunities for all.

Laura DiCola joins GAR Foundation from the TMW Center for Early Learning + Public Health at the University of Chicago, where she served as Chief Administrative Officer and Director of Strategic Partnerships. At the TMW Center, Laura played a pivotal role in applying science, data, and technology to support early brain development, ensuring every child can reach their full potential.

Prior to her work at the TMW Center, Laura led strategic and policy initiatives at Summit Education Initiative, where she worked to increase educational attainment in Summit County. Her expertise in establishing cross-sector partnerships and advocating for policy reform has made a significant impact on early childhood education, K-12 schooling, and postsecondary education.

"Laura DiCola's extensive experience and passion for education make her an invaluable addition to the Foundation’s team," said Christine Mayer, President of GAR Foundation. "We are excited to welcome her as our new Senior Program Officer for Education, and look forward to the innovative ideas and strategic leadership she will bring to our education initiatives."

Laura holds a Juris Doctorate from The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law, an M.A. in Bioethics from Case Western Reserve University, and a B.A. in Psychology from The Ohio State University. She is deeply engaged in her community, serving on several boards including Cleveland Clinic Akron General Hospital, Groundwork Ohio, and Women's Endowment Fund.

Outside of her professional endeavors, Laura is a dedicated family woman and avid traveler. She resides in Akron with her husband Howard Parr and enjoys spending time with her daughters and bonus daughters spread across the United States and Europe.

"I am honored to join GAR Foundation and contribute to its mission of helping Akron become smarter, stronger, and more vibrant," said Laura DiCola. "I look forward to working collaboratively with partners to create meaningful change and ensure all students have access to high-quality educational opportunities." 

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