Meet Laura MacKinnon
Laura expressed a passion to make a difference in both people’s and animal's lives at an early age. She volunteered at the Special Olympics and played piano concerts at the CECUT- Centro Cultural de Tijuana to help raise funds for children and under-served families at 14 years of age. She received an education through an academic and athletic scholarship, for soccer, at Notre Dame de Namur University and pursued a double major in Political Science and History.
In 2006 Laura co-founded and became the Chief Financial Officer for a small wealth management firm focused in the San Francisco Bay area. In 2010, Laura returned to her roots and in recent years has dedicated her career to helping children and military families by working in the nonprofit sector. She formerly served as the Chief Development Officer for SYEVF, an educational nonprofit, which presented the opportunity to be mentored by an assisted Retired Admiral, William Rodriguez, in building a foundation with the support from junior enlisted military as mentors for the youth. Laura joined STEP in 2015 as the Director of Development and continues to pursue her passion of raising funds for under-served military families.
In addition to her dedication to nonprofit organizations, Laura is also involved in community organizations throughout San Diego county and currently is a member of the Rancho Santa Fe Rotary club in which she serves as the President of the RSF Foundation Board and is the club’s grant writer. She also serves on the board of Coma Survivors Foundation and is a member of the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce. As an animal lover and pet parent herself, Laura's compassionate nature is demonstrated in the exceptional care she provides her furry friends at Oh Happy Dog! Additionally, Laura is the mother of three beautiful young girls in which she is instilling the passion to give back and make a positive impact in community.