Laurel Blatchford


How to Design Smarter Infrastructure for Our New World

We are still planning for and designing infrastructure the way we designed them 30, 100, 500 years ago. Yet, the world around us is rapidly evolving. Our everyday life is changing with embedded digital capabilities, decision support tools, and new business models – the big 12 game changers. What are some of the considerations for better, smarter infrastructure and how will that benefit modern society?

About Laurel

Laurel is President at Enterprise Community Partners, Inc., one of the nation’s foremost social enterprises. Laurel leads the organization’s national programmatic and policy platforms, including the teams working in ten local markets across the United States, Enterprise’s groundbreaking initiatives focused on connecting people and communities to opportunity and the policy team, which focuses on policy change at the national, state and local levels. She is also responsible for Enterprise Advisors, the organization’s consulting and technical assistance platform; and the organization’s knowledge, impact and strategy functions.


Laurel brings a wealth of experience toward helping Enterprise meets its ambitious goals. Prior to joining Enterprise, she held a number of senior positions in government and the private sector, including leadership roles at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and in the administration of New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg.  Laurel graduated cum laude from Williams College and received a master’s degree in public policy from the Harvard Kennedy School. She currently serves on the board of the National Housing Trust, the Community Preservation and Development Corporation, and the National Resource Network governing board.