Involved in Democratic politics in the Northern Virginia region for the past twenty years, Laurie MacNamara is a vocal proponent of women in public service in Virginia, and is a founding board member and treasurer of Virginia’s List. Laurie has volunteered for several local campaigns and served as a precinct captain and as the vice chair for precinct operations – East for the Alexandria Democratic Committee. A thirty-year resident of Alexandria, business executive, and working mother, Laurie has held multiple community leadership positions focusing on social services, housing, the arts, and economic development. Most recently she served as the Alexandria Chamber of Commerce’s vice chair for government relations and on Alexandria’s Budget and Fiscal Affairs Advisory Committee (BFAAC), and currently serves on the boards of national- and local-level nonprofits including Compass, Rebuilding Together Alexandria, and First Night Alexandria.
Laurie is a principal and director with a leading management and technology consulting firm where she currently serves as a senior advisor for strategic business development for federal civilian clients. Prior to joining industry in 1993, she was appointed as a U.S. Government Presidential Management Fellow with the U.S. Department of Commerce. Laurie holds a BA in political science and Spanish from Muhlenberg College, a MA in international economics and finance from the Fletcher School, Tufts University, and is a 2016 graduate of the University of Virginia Sorensen Institute for Political Leadership’s Political Leaders Program. She received the Marguerite Payez Leadership Award for professional and community service achievements from the Alexandria Commission for Women in March 2017. Laurie and her family live in the Del Ray section of Alexandria.