Laura Zabel is executive director of Springboard for the Arts, an economic development organization for artists based in St. Paul. Laura has received the Visionary Leader award from the Harvard Club and MN Council of Nonprofits and the Social Entrepreneur’s Cup, which recognizes Minnesota’s most innovative and effective social entrepreneur. Laura was named one of Minneapolis St. Paul Business Journal’s 40 Under Forty, Minnesota Monthly’s 12 Minnesotans Who Can See the Future and was recently selected to participate in National Arts Strategies’ Chief Executive Program. Laura serves on advisory boards for the Knight Foundation, Twin Cities LISC, and the University of Kansas Department of Theater. Laura is also an actor and lives in Minneapolis with her comedy writer husband and 6-year old daughter.