Election Protection Manager
Laura Grace joined the Lawyers’ Committee in 2018 as manager of Election Protection – the nation’s largest nonpartisan voter protection coalition. Through a dedicated team of trained legal and grassroots volunteers, Election Protection helps all American voters – including traditionally disenfranchised groups – gain access to the polls and overcome obstacles to voting.
Prior to joining the Lawyers’ Committee, Laura worked in international electoral assistance, specializing in nonpartisan citizen election monitoring, international observation and election law reform. For ten years, Ms. Grace managed elections programs at the National Democratic Institute (NDI), advising in-country programs and managing global projects. She worked on-the-ground with nonpartisan citizen organizations in Myanmar (Burma), Cambodia, Armenia and the Maldives, among others, and aided the development of the Global Network for Domestic Election Monitors (GNDEM) and the Declaration of Global Principles for Non-Partisan Election Observation and Monitoring by Citizen Organizations. She managed NDI’s international observation programs in Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Honduras, Kosovo, Morocco, Nigeria, and the Republic of Georgia.
Laura also organized voter protection and information efforts in US elections, including in 2016 when she assisted Americans living in Myanmar to register and vote from abroad. In 2012, she mobilized pro-bono legal volunteers for voter protection efforts in Virginia.
Ms. Grace received her MA in International Relations at the University of Chicago and her BA in Political Science at the University of San Francisco.