Laura O’Keefe

Laura O’Keefe

Hartford Workforce Leaders Academy, Class of 2017-18, Economic Opportunities Program

Director of Family Financial Stability, Village for Families and Children, Hartford, CT

Laura O’Keefe has more than 17 years in the nonprofit industry, supporting low- and moderate-income working families through financial education, asset-building programs, and VITA (Volunteer Income Tax Assistance). She joined The Village for Families & Children — which works to build a community of strong, healthy families who protect and nurture children — in 2013 as the VITA Program Coordinator. Today she directs the work of the Financial Center, overseeing the agency’s VITA, Housing Mobility, Career, and Financial Coaching programs. In this role, she strives to bring about real and meaningful change for families through increased financial stability. She is a certified trainer through the American Society for Training and Development, and has been a lead trainer for the Greater Hartford Regional VITA Campaign for over 10 years.

Laura O’Keefe is a member of the Hartford Workforce Leaders Academy, Class of 2017-18, one of several Workforce Leadership Academies in localities across North America.

The Workforce Leadership Academies are part of the Economic Opportunity Fellows Network, a network of leadership and fellowship programs run by the Aspen Institute Economic Opportunities Program. Within this Network, EOP connects national and local leaders from across sectors — nonprofit, government, business, philanthropy, academia, and more — to advance policies and practices with the potential to help low- and moderate-income Americans thrive in today’s economy. Learn more at