Laureen HusbandStrategic Expansion Director
Laureen Husband, E.D., is the Director of Strategic Expansion at Operation New Hope where she oversees the replication of the nationally recognized reentry initiative - Ready4Work. She previously worked for the Florida Department of Health in Polk, Duval and Volusia Counties and provided oversight over coalitions, community health programs (HIV/AIDs, WIC, Tobacco and School Health), strategic planning, community health assessment and improvement, as well as facilitating local dialogue and engagement to address childhood obesity, food insecurity, chronic disease prevention, social justice, health equity, social capital and worksite wellness through public/private partnerships.
Prior to joining the Department of Health, Husband developed, implemented and managed programs addressing the wellbeing and welfare of children and women in the nonprofit sector. She has extensive experience working with community groups to address socio-economic security as well as health disparities. Husband’s areas of expertise include community development, food policy, grant writing, education, cultural competency, fiscal management, and resource development after natural disasters. She is part of the Kresge Foundation’s Emerging Leaders in Public Health Cohort II.
Husband has published a dissertation on the lived experiences of women in poverty. She was educated at the University of West Florida, University of Kentucky, and Berea College. She grew up in a small village in Kenya, East Africa.