Government Relations

Laura Peralta-Schulte


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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.

Colleen Ross

Government Relations Associate

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Originally from Troy, Michigan, Colleen Ross is a recent graduate of Marquette University in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. At Marquette, Colleen studied International Affairs and Economics and spent one semester abroad in Manila. Colleen volunteered with several service organizations in Milwaukee and was active in social justice groups at Marquette, calling for a boycott of Palermo's pizza and the creation of gender-neutral bathrooms on campus. Before working as a Lobby Associate at NETWORK, Colleen worked at St. Paul's Lutheran Church and held internships in local and federal government offices.