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Laura Rebell Gross

Managing Director, Young Women’s Leadership Network (YWLN)


Laura Rebell Gross is the Managing Director for the Young Women’s Leadership Network (YWLN), which serves more than 7,000 girls through sixteen schools in our national network. As a leader in the education field for almost two decades, on a daily basis Ms. Gross implements a vision for developing innovative programs that enrich girls’ lives, create experiential leadership opportunities, and build a path to college. Laura’s expertise is widely recognized and she has been honored by Jewish Women International and The Center for the Women of New York. She is a national speaker and expert on Girls’ public education.

To impact the lives of girls beyond New York City, Laura co-founded the Young Women’s Charter Prep School of Rochester, a public school serving low-income girls, and takes the lead in identifying and establishing new school affiliates nationwide. Notably, Laura’s path to leadership started as a public school teacher, including serving as an English teacher at YWLN’s flagship school in East Harlem for six years. She earned a BA from Tufts University, an MAT from Brown University, and has completed coursework toward an Ed. D. in Curriculum and Teaching at Teacher’s College, Columbia University and the Warner School, University of Rochester.