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Laura Beam McKinney

Laura Beam McKinney

I am an educator, published editor, published writer, and artist who focuses on working with underserved communities. I believe that impact can only happen when communities of caring people consistently collaborate to make change. I aim to stay on the right side of history.





College Track

Outreach Manager

Directs all elements of recruitment and enrollment process for 140+ new students yearly; Manages all College Track relationships with the Bayview/Hunters Point community; Directs all cross-departmental family engagement; Cultivates and manages relationships with 30+ partner schools; Leads national Family Engagement Committee


Youth Engagement Zone & Youth Voice Coordinator

Managed Youth Engagement Zone at Leadership High School in San Francisco; Taught lectures on topics of social justice, human rights, and service; Organized and ran large-scale grade level and school-wide service days for 300+ students monthly; Led after-school and weekend service learning for 50+ students weekly; Empowered youth through writing & youth voice workshops.


Program & Special Events Coordinator

Led after-school and weekend service learning for 100+ students weekly; Empowered youth through writing & youth voice workshops; Ran summer internship programs & managed 10+ internship site partnerships; Planned for and assisted in the running of yearly large fundraiser auction and dinner with 500+ -attendees.



Quite to my surprise, my 2012-2013 series of illustrated mind maps went viral and were shared in Buzzfeed and AnOther Magazine, as well as the blogs: The Kitchn, Blue Chair Fruit, What Should I Eat For Breakfast today, Hello Giggles, and Huffpost Women's tumblr page.

Mind Map #5: [Why tea is so very magical]

BE HONEST: And Other Advice From Students Across the Country

One of my proudest moments was when BE HONEST: And Other Advice From Students Across the Country was published through The New Press in 2011. As the Associate Editor, I'd spent hours reading and re-reading essays and poems submitted from teens throughout the USA on how to make our education system better.

BE HONEST: And Other Advice From Students Across the Country

826 Valencia

Lead Development Intern

Wrote Grants, managed donor database, and assisted in planning and execution of events; Tutored and ran lessons for children ages 6-18: including English Language Learning, story writing, and illustration.

Youth Speaks

Volunteer Coordinator

Managed volunteers during Grand Slam Semi-Finals, Grand Slam Finals, Queeriosity, and Brave New Voices (Contracted).

Arcadia University: Center for Education Abroad

Student Services & Housing Assistant

Researched, planned, and booked events for international students; Managed events database and promoted events to students; Organized, planned, and led trips to historical sites and cultural activities throughout England and Scotland.

Mills College

B.A., English Literature; Minor in Anthropology

Mills College Faculty Scholarship 2004-2008; Study Abroad: Goldsmiths College, University of London 2006-2007; Arcadia University Study Abroad Scholarship 2006-2007.