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Laura Wells is the director of Fight Crime: Invest in Kids Washington, an advocacy organization seeking to prevent crime by making sure that we invest in kids early.
Prior to her position at Fight Crime: Invest in Kids, Laura was a member of the management team of Child Care Resources (CCR), the non-profit child care resource and referral agency for King County. As director of Provider Services at CCR, her focus was on improving the quality of care for children in both licensed and Family, Friend and Neighbor care. Her work at CCR included leadership of the King County Alliance for Human Services, a coalition of community-based organizations, religious leaders and philanthropists working with business and elected officials to stabilize funding for human services. She is a recipient of the Seattle Human Services Coalition 2003 Excellence in Advocacy Award and the Children’s Alliance 2009 Voices for Children Award. She also serves on the Criminal Justice Training Commission.
Laura holds Master’s Degrees in Speech Pathology & Audiology and Public Administration from the University of Washington. She and her husband, Reid Yamamoto, live in Seattle and enjoy spending time at their family farm in the Yakima Valley