Laura Sullivan is a community engagement leader, project manager, and coach who is passionate about athletics and community building. She is an avid soccer player and has spent extensive time living, working, and playing in Mexico, Brazil, Argentina Spain, and France. She is currently working at Nike in Social & Community Impact on the Employee Community Engagement team.
After graduating from the University of Michigan in 2012 with a degree in International Relations & Romance Languages and Literatures, Laura travelled to South America to teach English in Brazil. After spending some time teaching in a small town, she moved to Buenos Aires, Argentina where she was able to pursue a career in soccer. Laura played professionally for 2 years while teaching English at a local University. After her time abroad, Laura made the trip back to the States where she settled in Portland, Oregon. In 2015, she took a position as an intern with the Timbers in the Community Relations department (in time to win the MLS cup) before working in Marketing and Development with the local nonprofit, Vive Northwest. During this time, she also took a leadership position with the Michigan Alumni Association and still actively supports Michigan football (Go Blue!). In 2017, Laura received an offer to play soccer for a small club in Mulhouse, France, which she couldn’t refuse. After spending a year playing and travelling in Europe, Laura has resettled back in Portland and is enjoying her role at Nike, playing soccer for fun, and seeing how many rec sports leagues she can compete on every season.