Laura Best has been with ACAD since 2005 starting first as the administrative director. She was named executive director in 2011. Before ACAD, Laura worked as the director of development for the Student Press Law Center a nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting the First Amendment rights of high school and college journalists. She helped establish their fundraising program and to launch a multi-million dollar endowment campaign. Before moving to the Washington, DC metro area in 1999 Laura also worked as a volunteer fundraiser for the Arts Center for Newaygo County in Newaygo, MI. She also spent many years volunteering at her daughter’s school, serving on school boards, and eight years as a Girl Scout leader/troop cookie manager. In her free time, Laura enjoys volunteering for nonprofits that support animal and child welfare issues as well as teaching indoor cycling classes. Laura received her B.S. in Public Administration and Community Development from Central Michigan University and her Masters of Nonprofit Management (MNM) from Regis University.