Laura Carlson is the Vice President of Programs at the Buell Foundation. As a member of the Foundation’s management team, she is responsible for overseeing grantmaking activities, development and oversight of special projects and initiatives, and supervision of the program staff.

Laura has a Master’s of Science in organizational leadership with a focus on change management and a Bachelor of Arts in communication from Colorado State University. The focus of her career has been on early childhood development. Prior to joining the Buell Foundation team in 2010, Laura worked for Invest in Kids as a fundraiser and program director for statewide implementation of The Incredible Years, an evidence-based social/emotional skill development program for preschool children and their caregivers. In addition, she was a lead teacher for several years at Children’s Creative Encounters, a preschool in Littleton that she attended as a young child. She currently sits as a representative on the Colorado Young Child Wellness Council and chairs the LAUNCH Together Advisory Team.

Laura spends her time away from the office enjoying time with her husband and two young sons. The arts play a prominent role in the Carlson household, and Laura spends much of her free time painting and crafting, making or listening to music, and enjoying area cultural attractions.

Contact Laura Carlson at 303-744-1688 or