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
- Conceptualization and planning of new ventures
- 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. She is currently working on a book on financial distress in museums and pathways out, to be published by AASLH.
Laura teaches and advises graduate students in Harvard University’s museum studies program., Northeastern University’s public history program and the Leadership in Museum Education program at Bank Street College. Previously, she was an adjunct instructor at Tufts University, Boston University Questrom School of Management and Lesley University School of Management.
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.
Laura currently serves as chair of the board of Cambridge’s Central Square Theater and as an overseer of Boston Landmarks Orchestra. She serves on the editorial boards of the Journal of Museum Education and AASLH and on the program committee of the Cambridge Historical Society. Previously she served on the advisory boards of the Tufts University Art Gallery and the Mary Baker Eddy Library.