Laura Peralta is originally from San Francisco and began her
career working at the Democratic National Committee. She then worked at a
Democratic political consulting firm before becoming a lobbyist for a U.S.-based
company where she worked for eleven years. She left lobbying in 2000 to spend
time with her then young daughters, Kate and Claire, and became a high school
teacher in Fairfax County, Virginia where she taught World History and AP
Government. After six years of teaching, she decided to return to lobbying with
a goal of working for people living in poverty.