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Laura Heller

Director, Initiatives

Laura Heller joined CAEL in 2022 and manages workforce & economic development projects focused on using data to support competency/career map development and stakeholder engagements to maximize client impact for adult learners. She has extensive expertise with federal grants and apprenticeships as well as robust project management experience with an array of clients and stakeholders. 

Heller most recently served in a director role at Midwest Urban Strategies, leveraging assets with workforce development boards across the Midwest to innovate and maximize services to drive local economic change. Prior to that, she led work for WRTP/BIG STEP (Wisconsin Regional Training Partnership/Building Industry Group Skilled Trades Employment Program) for six years. As regional director, Heller oversaw the day-to-day operation of construction trades programs while adhering to strict compliance guidelines, developing creative strategies to address workforce issues, and supporting regional economic diversification. She is passionate about building relationships, collaborating with partners, and connecting communities. 

Heller earned her bachelor’s degree in English: Professional/Technical Writing from University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. She resides in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

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Areas of Expertise

Heller has extensive expertise in project management, federal grant management, career pathways, workforce development, and apprenticeship programs.

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