Laura B. Roberts, principal of Roberts Consulting, believes that cultural nonprofit organizations are among a community’s most valuable assets. She helps them create compelling and exciting strategic plans and develop their potential as strong organizations capable of implementing those plans. Her goal is to help organizations, regardless of their size, be relevant to their communities’ needs and challenges. Her services include:
- Guiding strategic planning
- Facilitating meetings and retreats
- Assessing governance, policies and operations
- Guiding accreditation and re-accreditation efforts
In 2018, Laura and TMG colleague Daryl Fischer revised the Museum Trustee Association’s Templates for Trustees, four volumes published by Rowman and Littlefield.
Laura teaches and advises graduate students in Harvard University’s museum studies program. She has held prior teaching appointments at Bank Street College of Education, Northeastern University, Tufts University, Boston University, and Lesley University.
Laura was executive director of the New England Museum Association and director of education in three history museums. She is also the former executive director of the Boston Center for Adult Education. In 2021, Laura received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the New England Museum Association.
She chairs the board of Central Square Theater, the program committee of History Cambridge, and Bridge Street Friends of Mass Humanities. She also serves on the museum education committee of Old Sturbridge Village and the steering committee of AAM’s Independent Museum Professionals Network. Previously she was chair of the board of the Tufts University Art Gallery and served on advisory boards for the American Folk Art Museum, Mary Baker Library and Museum, Massachusetts Historical Society, Old South Meeting House, and MIT Museum. She is a peer reviewer for the Museum Assessment Program of the American Alliance of Museums and serves on the editorial review panel of the Journal of Museum Education and AASLH.
Roberts received her MBA in public and nonprofit management from Boston University, her MA in history museum studies from the Cooperstown Graduate Program of the State University of New York, and her BA in social anthropology from Harvard University.