Laura Covarrubias joined FM3 in 2017 as a Research Associate. Her prior experience includes providing research and analysis on local economic issues for the City of Glendale’s Economic Development Division; and conducting an impact and needs assessment on Mayor Garcetti’s 10,000 Strong Veterans Hiring Initiative for the Los Angeles Veteran Coalition.
At FM3, Laura has worked with clients on a variety of policy issues, including local measures at both city and county levels; political campaigns at the local and congressional level; resident satisfaction; education; homelessness; public transportation, and water and environmental conservation. Her research has led to the successful passage of over 40 local revenue measures, helping generate more than $80 million in local revenue funds and $505.5 billion in school bonds from measures passed in the November 2020 election alone. Additionally, Laura’s research helped secure victories for two members of Congress in November 2020, and four seats in the Indianapolis Public School Board of Education.
A native Spanish speaker, Laura also assists in ensuring FM3’s research tools are effective at capturing the opinions of various Latino communities through ensuring accurate translations and appropriate cultural context. Laura has contributed to research on a variety of subjects relative to the Latino populations in California and across the US, including but not limited to, early childhood parenting and education; air quality along freeway gateways; participation in the U.S. Census; and undocumented immigration.
Laura holds a Master’s in Public Policy from the Sol Price School of Public Policy at University of Southern California, and a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science with minors in Public Affairs and Geography from UC Los Angeles.