Laura Manley is an Adjunct Professor of Public Service of NYU's Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service and Staff Associate at Columbia University's School for Professional Studies. She is also a Digital Entrepreneurship and ICT Consultant with the World Bank’s ICT and Transport Global Practice. Laura specializes in utilizing government data for economic growth, working with low- and middle-income countries. She is a lead author of the Open Data for Business Tool, which is the first assessment methodology for private sector use of government data.
Laura is also the Co-Founder of the Center for Open Data Enterprise in Washington DC, where she leads partnerships and programs. At the Center, she oversees the Sustainable Development Goals National Reporting Initiative, to support government reporting on the SDGs; the Open Data Impact Map, the first global mapping of the uses of government data; and a series of data roundtables in partnership with the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy.
In addition to her data-related work, Laura has over a decade of strategic planning experience with multiple international agencies including the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs and Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, UNICEF, the National Endowment for Democracy, and MasterCard Foundation.
She holds a Masters degree in Public Administration from NYU Wagner focusing on international policy and entrepreneurship and a Bachelors degree in Business Administration from the University of Massachusetts Amherst.