Laura Cottril, Board President
Laura joined the Orinda Academy Board in 2016 and is a member of the Fundraising and Marketing committees. She is a past President of the Orinda Academy Parents Group (OAPG) for two years as well as past speaker chair, crab feed fundraising co-chair and volunteer coordinator. In spring of 2016, Laura initiated a parent and administrator liaison group with other parents and staff, since named PALS, which works together on school mission and special projects.
Laura holds a B.A. in Graphic Design from Iowa State University and worked in the advertising and marketing industries for thirteen years managing production of print and display materials. Since 2003 Laura has worked as an entrepreneur as a family portrait photographer. She has earned her professional credentials from Professional Photographers of America of Master, Craftsman and Certified Professional Photographer. Laura has created philanthropy programs through her business, raising over $40,000 for local schools, including Orinda Academy.
Laura served on the board of the Northern California Photographer’s Association for seven years, including President, Chairman of the Board and Speaker Chair.
Laura’s main interests outside of photography are yoga, travel, healthy cooking and community building. Laura is married and a parent of two boys, one of which is an Orinda Academy sophomore. He has attended the school since the sixth grade and has benefitted greatly from the individualized learning and warm community.
For Laura, the most rewarding aspect of serving as an Orinda Academy trustee is shining a light on this exciting opportunity for students who may otherwise fall through the cracks and helping to sustain and grow the school. Laura thrives in community and relationship building as well as the opportunity to bring fresh energy and perspectives for school longevity.