Laura Recchie
Institute Co-Chair, NLC Columbus

Laura Recchie is the President and Founder of Root + Branch, a benefit corporation working to create equitable development and inclusive investment in neighborhoods. Ms. Recchie’s world is wrapped around communities and coalition. Her career in policy and economic development has taught her to identify community challenges; pinpoint resources and broker winning partnerships that achieve shared goals and she founded Root + Branch, Inc. to do just that. Ms. Recchie grew up on the East side of Columbus and left Ohio to earn her bachelors in Economics, Philosophy and Political Science from the University of Pittsburgh. She moved to Washington, D.C. to earn her Master’s in Public Policy at Georgetown University, specializing in economic development and international policy. In D.C., she worked for the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Bureau of Economic Analysis, and then joined the U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of International Labor Affairs as a Presidential Management Fellow. Her community roots drew her back into the domestic economic field as the Director of Strategy and Project Development for a community development firm, Praxia Partners. After founding Root + Branch, she returned to Columbus, Ohio where she now operates Root + Branch in both Ohio and Washington, D.C. She works closely with neighborhood organizations, not-for-profit associations and developers to create community solutions that serve neighbors. Through Root + Branch, Ms. Recchie has spearheaded the development of projects to implement community-centered renewable energy projects that serve nonprofits and neighborhoods in Washington, D.C. She has helped envision and execute numerous projects in Columbus, Ohio and Washington, D.C. that have led to community cleanups, block watches, neighborhood festivals, the reuse of vacant spaces and other experiences that break down social barriers and catalyze community engagement. Above all she promotes, inspires and encourages equitable and inclusive investment within her communities and champions economic