Meet COPRA Chair, Laura Bloomberg!


The 2016-17 Commission is fortunate to be led by returning COPRA member, Laura Bloomberg!

Laura Bloomberg has served as the Humphrey School’s Associate Dean since January, 2013.  As the School’s principal academic officer she has led efforts to launch a Master of Human Rights degree, expand the School’s undergraduate programs, establish a Foundations for Success summer prep program for all incoming Masters students and build a fully online national program to develop leaders in the field of election administration.

Bloomberg serves on the executive council of NASPAA: The global standard in public service education.  She is serving a three year term on the Commission on Peer Review and Accreditation, which reviews and accredits public affairs degree programs in the United States and in countries across the globe.  She will chair the Commission in 2016-17.  Bloomberg’s service to the University of Minnesota includes membership on the executive committees of the Hennepin-University Partnership, the Urban Research and Outreach Engagement Center, and the Center for Transportation Studies.  She chars the University’s Council of Research Associate Deans.

As a member of the Humphrey School faculty Bloomberg teaches courses on leadership and management, educational innovation, and program evaluation. Bloomberg has won several awards for teaching, including the Humphrey students’ award for Instructor of the Year (2010 and 2011). She also received a University of Minnesota Outstanding Faculty Member Award from the Council of Graduate Students (2011).

Bloomberg previously served as executive director of the Center for Integrative Leadership, a joint initiative with the Carlson School of Management and the Humphrey School. Prior to joining the Humphrey School in 2007, Bloomberg was a school district administrator and principal of a K-12 urban magnet school. From 1990-1996 she concurrently was an instructor and researcher in the College of Education and Human Development, University of Minnesota. Bloomberg served as a locally elected school board member in Mahtomedi, Minnesota (1996-2004) and chaired the Association of Metropolitan School Districts.

Bloomberg’s research and policy work focuses on community-based leadership, public value creation, cross-cultural dialogue and educational policy. Bloomberg has authored articles on creating public value, program evaluation, policy development, cross-agency leadership and collaboration, and educational policy analysis. She has consulted on education policy initiatives with the provincial governments of Canada, tribal leaders of Indigenous Nations, the European Union and the island country of Cyprus. She has worked with several states, federal agencies, and the National Governors Association to improve civic leadership and education systems across the United States.

Bloomberg holds a Bachelor’s degree in special education from St. Cloud State University, Master’s degrees in psychometrics and educational psychology from Cornell University, and a Ph.D. in educational policy and administration from the University of Minnesota.


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