Laura Hughes has more than 10 years experience in philanthropic management and institutional marketing. She comes to S3 from the Skillman Foundation where, as program officer, she led the strategic visioning for the organization’s $4 million youth development portfolio.
Prior to joining Skillman in 2013, Hughes was the executive director the Ruth Ellis Center for three years. In that role, she set the strategic vision and managed the $1.4 million organization that served homeless and at risk lesbian, gay, bi-attractional, transgender and questioning youth.
During her time at the Ruth Ellis Center, she served as the local organizer of the White House Conference on LGBT Housing & Homelessness and established strategic partnerships with the State of Michigan Department of Human Services, Wayne County, and Genesee County Department of Human Services. As a result of those partnerships an LGBT task force was formed that helped more of these at risk children find permanent placement.