Laura Thorsett is an Associate at GBAO, where she works on survey research, literature reviews, client presentations, and focus groups. She has helped conduct research for organizations and candidates including Oregon Governor Kate Brown, Rep. Suzanne Bonamici (OR-1), Planned Parenthood, and the Institute for Higher Education Policy. She worked on polling that helped secure supermajorities in both the Oregon House of Representatives and State Senate.
Prior to joining the firm, Laura interned with the Pew Research Center’s political team and was a member of the Harvard Institute of Politics’ Public Opinion Project, conducting public opinion research focused on young Americans’ political involvement.
Laura graduated from Harvard College with a bachelor’s degree in social studies and secondary field in statistics, focusing on political sociology and inequality in the American education and child welfare systems.
A native of Santa Cruz, CA and Salem, OR, Laura has worked on numerous local progressive campaigns, including city council, school board, and parcel tax campaigns. She also interned for Oregon State Representative Brian Clem, handling constituent contact and casework.