We don't know a lot about the 20something writer — originally from Bethesda, MD — but we do know she's an Ivy League grad with a background in women and politics. In the past, she worked for Prize4Life, a nonprofit organization that's focused on the treatment of ALS, or Lou Gehrig's disease. Here are five more things to know about Laura, one of the young voices behind Obama's speeches:
- She's studied women — Laura earned her bachelor's degree in Studies of Women, Gender, and Sexuality at Harvard University, where she graduated in 2010.
- She's worked her way up — Her White House career began with an internship for the National Economic Council, and she's been a speechwriter since July of last year.
- She sticks to the basics — In January, Laura told a group of eighth graders that she writes all her speeches in the Times New Roman font, size 12.
- She tries to strike a balance — She told the same eighth-grade class that the speech-writing process can be a juggling act, one that requires pleasing both Congress and the general public.
- She's got a life outside work — According to Laura's Facebook page, she likes Sugarland, The West Wing, and running marathons.