Deputy Assistant Secretary for Banking and Domestic Finance, Office of Legislative Affairs @ U.S. Department of the Treasury
MA, Journalism @
Laura Cox Kaplan is PwC’s Principal-in-Charge of U.S. Government, Regulatory Affairs and Public Policy, a position she assumed in 2004 upon being admitted to the PwC partnership. She is a member of PwC’s US executive leadership team, and the first women to have served PwC in this capacity. Laura also serves on the PwC’s Global Public Policy
Laura Cox Kaplan is PwC’s Principal-in-Charge of U.S. Government, Regulatory Affairs and Public Policy, a position she assumed in 2004 upon being admitted to the PwC partnership. She is a member of PwC’s US executive leadership team, and the first women to have served PwC in this capacity. Laura also serves on the PwC’s Global Public Policy Board, which coordinates public policy strategies across approximately 150 countries in which PwC operates. She also is the incoming chair of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) Federal Legislative Task Force, which coordinates strategies for shaping legislative policy that impacts the accounting profession, and she serves on a senior executive committee of auditing firm representatives at the Center for Audit Quality (CAQ).
Laura has extensive experience crafting integrated government relations and communications strategies aimed at shaping public policy and public affairs outcomes. She speaks extensively before audiences of corporate executives, academics, students and others on a range of topics related to her role at PwC including the political and regulatory environment, corporate governance, accounting and auditing policy developments, women's leadership, mentorship, and diversity, and she writes regularly on these topics.
Principal-in-Charge of U.S. Government, Regulatory Affairs & Public Policy @ Laura is the Principal-in-Charge of Government, Regulatory Affairs and Public Policy. In that capacity, and as a member of the firm’s executive management team, she advises and leads the firm’s government, regulatory affairs and public policy strategy developing integrated strategies to achieve public policy and public affairs objectives. Her efforts include working collaboratively with external stakeholders in government, the private sector and NGOs on a broad range of initiatives. She also advises PwC’s partners and clients on public policy issues, opportunities and challenges that impact not only the firm, but a broad range of industry sectors. Laura is the first woman to serve in this role at PwC.
Laura was instrumental in helping the firm adapt to a new regulatory regime and successfully led strategies for working together with others in the accounting profession to help restore credibility following corporate governance and accounting scandals in the late 1990s. Laura was also instrumental in helping to create the organization now known as the Center for Audit Quality (CAQ), and serves on the organization’s executive leadership team of accounting firm representatives.
Laura also serves on PwC’s Global Public Policy Board, which coordinates public policy strategies across more than 150 countries. She is also the incoming chair of the AICPA’s Federal Legislative Task Force, which coordinates strategies for shaping legislative policy that impacts the accounting profession.
She is Treasurer and serves on the board of the PwC Political Action Committee, funded by voluntary contributions from PwC’s eligible U.S. partners. During her tenure, she has doubled receipts, and has increased partner participation to more than 80 percent of eligible contributors.
Laura writes and speaks on issues related to her work in public policy, as well as on women’s leadership, mentorship, diversity, and challenges associated with navigating work and life priorities. From December 2004 to Present (11 years 1 month) Managing Executive for External and Governmental Affairs @ In 2003, Laura joined the senior executive leadership team at the SEC working for then Chairman William H. Donaldson. In that role, Laura oversaw all external affairs including media, intergovernmental relations, and communications strategy, and directed teams and provided strategic counsel in those areas.
At the time, much of the Commission's work and Laura's focus was on corporate governance and accounting reforms followig the passage of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002. From March 2003 to December 2004 (1 year 10 months) Deputy Assistant Secretary for Banking and Domestic Finance, Office of Legislative Affairs @ While at the Department of the Treasury, Laura represented the Administration on numerous legislative issues, including the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002, terrorism risk insurance legislation in the wake of 9/11, among other issues. She received a Meritorious Service Award for her work in these areas. From 2002 to 2003 (1 year) Vice President for Strategic Policy Communications/Governmental & Regulatory Affairs @ While at Instinet, Laura was responsible for outreach aimed at shaping the views of policymakers on Capitol Hill, the Administration and at the SEC on particularly complex market structure issues that impacted the company and its business. From 2000 to 2002 (2 years) DIRECTOR OF COMMUNICATIONS AND MEDIA STRATEGY @ Chief communication strategist for Senate Republican Conference Vice Chair. From 1999 to 2000 (1 year) Director of Communications/Press Secretary @ From February 1994 to January 1999 (5 years) Staff Assistant/Depty Press Secretary @ From August 1992 to February 1994 (1 year 7 months)
Authentic Leadership Development @ Harvard Business School Executive EducationMA, Journalism @ American UniversityBachelor of Science (BA), Journalism & Government @ The University of Texas at Austin Laura Cox Kaplan is skilled in: Government, Crisis Management, Strategic Communications, Policy, Media Relations, Policy Analysis, Financial Services, Public Relations, corporate governance, Sarbanes-Oxley Act, Public Policy, Politics, Strategy, Leadership, Fundraising
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