Laura Sargent: Our First Employee
Join Us in Celebrating 10 Years
As we gear up to celebrate our 10 year anniversary, we’re bringing it full circle by reaching out to the Mills Public Relations universe to catch up with former colleagues and clients (yes, this is a flat-out “Where Are They Now” column!)
It only seems fitting that we go back to where we started, our first hire, Laura Sargent. A political science graduate from Boston University, Laura came to Mills in September 2005 with a stellar reference from the Agency founder’s spouse, Alison Mills. Laura had interned with U.S. Congressman Mike Capuano where Alison served as press secretary. Her strong background in community development work in Washington as well as fundraising for former U.S. Senator Tom Daschle impressed Scott, and Laura settled in as a jack-of-all-trades, handling everything from press release writing and client reports to media relations and event planning. She also handled the array of subject matter on the Agency’s plate—land use, consumer product, public affairs, crisis management and luxury lifestyle—with confidence beyond her years.
Because Laura sought a career in legislative and public affairs, her time at Mills was destined to be brief but her strong mind and moral compass helped bring the Agency’s mission, vision and values to life. Laura embodied Mills’ mission of acting with passion, accountability and integrity.
It was exciting to see Laura’s career blossom on Beacon Hill where she served for nearly six years as legislative aide to former State Rep. Martha Walz and later, as staff director for the Joint Committee on Education, which was co-chaired by Rep. Walz. Many of the skills Laura honed at Mills came in handy when working on constituent concerns, researching legislation, and preparing briefings for legislators. Her role was essential in Rep. Walz’s rise as a key figure on Beacon Hill and successful legislative initiatives such as law providing a 35-foot-buffer zone around reproductive health centers, teen-pregnancy prevention programs, and the nation’s most comprehensive anti-bullying law. Laura’s success continued at the Metropolitan Area Planning Council, where she worked in legislative affairs and managed community safety/youth violence prevention initiatives, and later as a youth mentor at Boston Runs Together. Laura recently relocated to Seattle where she works with a local religious organization as a youth organizer and helping to develop a relational model of engagement between children, teens and adults.
Youth Convener, Epiphany Parish, Seattle, WA
International Health, Racquet and Sportsclub Association; Kayem Foods; MBCR, Lizzy’s Ice Cream
What Laura learned at Mills
The ability to write clearly.