Laura Heller is currently the Director of Operations for Midwest Urban Strategies, a consortium of 13 U.S. Department of Labor Workforce Development Boards working to marry traditional workforce development practices with economic development. Prior to joining Midwest Urban Strategies Team in July of 2020, Heller began her career with the nationally recognized workforce development intermediary, WRTP/BIG STEP, in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. She began as a program coordinator working with the construction skilled trades apprenticeship readiness program and in her 6-year tenure with the organization, she grew into the role as WRTP/BIG STEP’s Milwaukee Regional Director. Her responsibilities included overseeing day to day operations, project management, strategic partnerships, outreach and engagement. In her time with WRTP/BIG STEP, she has collaborated with various workforce organizations regionally and nationally.Heller holds a Bachelor’s degree from UW-Milwaukee. She received a Women in Construction award from the Daily Reporter in August of 2020 in recognition of her efforts at WRTP/BIG STEP.