Laura Kay Furgione (Commerce)
Priorities: According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the number of people aged 55 and older will increase to 73% by 2020 and by 2030, an unprecedented 20% of the population will be over age 65. This means the federal workforce is also aging. SEA is the only formal entity actively supporting us – the federal senior executive service (SES) – and ensuring policies affecting us are in our best interest. This is particularly important when it comes to our nest egg. As an SEA Board Member, I will stand up for your retiree benefits, salary reform, developmental opportunities, and ensure accountability of all public servants. We are the model for government service; career employees provide the continuity of government our communities require. I have seen and worked in every corner of our great nation and am proud to say I am a federal public servant. I will work to ensure our highly regarded and prestigious image is maintained and strengthened. And the provision of our products and services are openly available to strengthen our nation’s economic vitality by a cadre of experts who continually develop their skills and innovate government.
SEA Experience and Other Activities: SEA lifetime member since SES induction in 2004. Fellow of the American Meteorological Society, Member of American Geophysical Union, National Weather Association, and Project Management Institute, and life-time member of Federally Employed Women.
Professional Experience: Senior executive with nearly 25 years of business acumen in environmental science, aviation operations, project management, information technology and international business growth. Extensive experience in strategic planning, outreach/education, cost estimation, budget formulation, execution, and risk management. The majority of my career was framed through the provision of life saving products and services at the National Weather Service, Alaska Region. Over the past decade, I have had the honor of serving in the national capital region allowing me to better understand the importance of data and the integration of environmental data with demographic and economic information.
Awards: Nominated for Presidential Rank Award –2016, Three NOAA Administrator Awards – March 2016 and October 2011.
Education: MPA University of Alaska - Southeast and BS in Atmospheric Science University of Missouri – Columbia.