Laurel Murray

Laurel was a member of the 2017 Cohort of the Vira Heinz Program, where she interned in Berlin, Germany at AtomLeap, a high-tech startup incubator and accelerator. Her Community Engagement Experience was a presentation and panel discussion with local officials and community members that raised awareness and advocacy efforts on the importance of quality public transportation in low-income areas in and around the City of Pittsburgh. After her completion of the VIH Program, Laurel studied abroad for a semester in London, England and also interned at CLIC Sargent, the United Kingdom's leading cancer charity for children, young people, and their families as a finance intern. Upon her return Laurel participated in the NEW Leadership Pennsylvania Future Women In Politics Program, a bipartisan week-long residential program designed to educate and empower young women for future political participation and leadership. 

In her final year of college, Laurel was the Tax Site Coordinator for the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) Program, the IRS's program that offers free tax preparation for low-income individuals and families. When Laurel graduated from Robert Morris University in May 2019, she was the recipient of the Presidential Transformational Award. This prestigious award is given to one graduating senior who has both transformed and been transformed by the University through engaged learning, academic experience, leadership, and service opportunities.

Currently, Laurel works for PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) as an Experienced Core Assurance Associate and is working towards obtaining her CPA Certification. While she is just beginning her career, Laurel has aspirations of working in Diversity and Inclusion efforts, specifically economic justice initiatives for marginalized communities. Laurel loves volunteering for local social justice organizations, mentoring young women (feel free to reach out anytime), and dismantling the patriarchy. In her free time she loves hiking, yoga, and hanging out with her dog, Sunny.