Laura Zimmerman is the former Executive Director of the Sonoma Valley Education Foundation for more than 6 years. She brings a background in communications, fundraising, and community service to the post. Like many before her, Laura got involved in school related activities as her own children entered the California public school system. Volunteering for a decade or so led her to choose a path in the non-profit (or better said, social-profit) sector. She worked with Paul Newman’s camp for seriously ill children called ‘The Painted Turtle,’ and also served as the Director of Development for the Sonoma Valley Mentoring Alliance. Previously, Laura worked in television news as a reporter and anchor. She reported the daily news for several Bay Area TV Stations including KNTV, KGO-TV and KTVU. She and her husband Jeff have three grown children and they are also grape growers in the Sonoma Valley.