A Career Dedicated to Public Service
Laura Rodriguez-Carbone, M.P.A. is a first generation Lakewoodite, educator, community leader, and connector. For nearly 18 years, Laura has worked to connect diverse community networks through advocacy, relationship facilitation and responsive community engagement. She has served on many of Northeast Ohio’s public and non-profit boards, including tenures on the Board of Trustees for the Hunger Network of Greater Cleveland, the Citizens Advisory Board of the Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority, as Chair of Public Relations for the Association for Multicultural Affairs in Transplantation, and a member of the Center for Reducing Health Disparities Think Tank at MetroHealth. Laura received her Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Administrative Government from Cleveland State University, and her Master of Public Administration and Public Policy from the University of Nebraska at Omaha, nationally recognized as one of the most rigorous Public Administration programs in the United States.
cuyahoga county democratic central and executive committees
Laura was elected to public office in May of 2018, and represents Precinct 1B in Lakewood as a member of the Cuyahoga County Democratic Party Central Committee and Executive Committee. During her tenure, she has increased voter turnout by 20%, and worked to establish authentic connections between Lakewood residents and candidates running for public office. She was also appointed to the Cuyahoga County Democratic Executive Committee in June of 2018.
the healthy lakewood foundation
In January 2017, Laura was selected by Lakewood City Council to serve on the Lakewood Wellness Foundation Planning Task Force, where she took an active role in helping to build the Healthy Lakewood Foundation, a grant-making non-profit that will address Lakewood’s community health and wellness needs following the closure of Lakewood Hospital.
defending civil rights and enriching the education of public school students in ohio and michigan
Laura spent her early career working for the U.S. Department of Education, where she tutored at-risk children in Cleveland Municipal Schools through America Reads. She continued her work by coordinating a 21st Century Early Learning Center program benefiting the educational enrichment of at-risk students at Merrick House, a non-profit serving Cleveland’s Tremont neighborhood. Laura then went on to bolster efforts to enforce civil rights laws in public schools and colleges in Ohio and Michigan at the U.S. Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights.
working to save and heal the lives of northeast ohioans
As Community Outreach Coordinator for Lifebanc, a non-profit organization in Cleveland, Ohio, that works to facilitate organ, eye and tissue donation for transplant with over 80 hospitals in 20 Ohio counties serving 4.3 million people. Laura worked to form and grow community partnerships across sectors that includes multi-sectoral organizations, health care agencies, hospitals, governments, schools, and faith-based establishments to help raise awareness about, and advocate for, the need for more organ, eye, and tissue donors. Laura worked intensely connecting hard-to-reach communities to health education and and better personal health advocacy.
ADVOCATING FOR BETTER DIALYSIS CARE FOR FAMILIES AND U.S. VETERANS
Currently, Laura serves as Coordinator of Community Outreach with the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services under the umbrella of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. She works to advocate for the care of patients on dialysis. Laura works with healthcare providers across settings to help decrease the number of medical errors, patient safety risks, and quality gaps and their harmful impact on patients.
As part of her role, Laura is responsible for investigating care complaints from dialysis patients across three states - Ohio, Kentucky, and Indiana. This includes facilitating responsive relationships with 565 Medicare certified dialysis facilities, including 5 Veterans Affairs hospitals, 14 transplant centers, in addition to patients and caregivers.
Laura is looking forward to continuing to do all she can to advocate for, and support, the men, women, children and veterans in need of critical dialysis care and transplant.