Ellis Welcomes New Trustee to the Board

The Ellis School is pleased to announce the appointment of Laura Freedman to the Board of Trustees. Effective July 2020, Laura will work with fellow trustees and Board Chair, Mike Haggerty, to guide The Ellis School’s strategic vision for the future.
Laura is a financial advisor and public speaker who specializes in executive financial planning and working with women to become informed and engaged in long term financial decision-making. Prior to her role as a financial and investment advisor, she was a Senior Human Resource Executive for a Fortune 500 company and Executive Consultant. Laura brings over 25 years of experience advising leaders on business strategy and mitigating risk. Laura holds a Master in Business Administration from the University of Pittsburgh Katz School of Business and is a Certified Executive Coach.

In addition to her career, Laura is actively involved in the community. She serves on the St. Clair Hospital Board of Directors and is board chair of Strong Women Strong Girls, a multi-generational mentoring program that empowers girls in under-resourced communities through a curriculum focused on strong female role models. Laura is co-founder of the Pittsburgh Women's Alliance which is comprised of over 130 women-serving, led, and owned organizations committed to making Pittsburgh the foremost region for diverse, professional women to advance and thrive. Laura also held a director role on the University of Pittsburgh School of Business Alumni Board and is the immediate past President of the Katz Alumnae Council which supports the professional growth and advancement of women students and alumnae.

Laura and her husband reside in the South Hills and are the proud parents of three sons, one daughter, and a granddaughter.