Head of Philanthropy Strategy and ESG Integration
Laura Coy is responsible for overseeing William Blair’s philanthropy strategy and environmental, social, and governance (ESG) integration. In this role, she works closely with clients, key stakeholders, and colleagues around the world to develop and optimize their sustainability efforts and charitable giving.
Laura works as a trusted advisor to high-net worth families, family offices, foundations, CEOs, boards, management teams, and investors on their ESG programs and philanthropic planning. Laura also leads the firm’s ESG efforts and impact investing initiatives. For the past six years, Laura has led William Blair’s growing community engagement programs and the William Blair & Company Foundation with a mission to inspire the next generation of philanthropists through its employee-centered matching and global grants programs.
Before joining William Blair, Laura was the senior manager of corporate social responsibility, public affairs manager, and senior corporate philanthropist for W.W. Grainger, Inc. While at Grainger, she designed and led its premier Corporate Social Responsibility program. Prior to working at Grainger, Laura worked for nonprofits including the National Alzheimer’s Association and the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum.
Laura serves on the leadership committee of the Illinois Holocaust Museum, the advisory board of ShowerUp Chicago, the leadership council of Loyola’s Baumhart Center, and is the board chair of North Park Elementary School. Laura received her B.S. in political science from the University of Illinois.
About William Blair
William Blair is a premier global boutique with expertise in investment banking, investment management, and private wealth management. We provide advisory services, strategies, and solutions to meet our clients’ evolving needs. As an independent and employee-owned firm, together with our strategic partners, we operate in more than 20 offices worldwide.*
Year William Blair was founded
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As of December 31, 2022
*Includes strategic partnerships with Allier Capital, BDA Partners, and Poalim Capital Markets.