Laura Duckworth serves as the Director of Occupational Programs for University of Virginia Facilities Management. She first joined UVA FM in 2014 as the Director of Occupational Health and Safety. In 2017, FM Occupational Programs was created and added to her responsibilities. Occupational Programs now includes FM-OHS; Occupational Training; Diversity, Equity & Inclusion; and the UVA FM Apprenticeship Program.
Laura is a workforce development strategist and organizational effectiveness leader specializing in program startups and revitalization utilizing business tactics, resource alignment, and collaboration. A thought leader in the statewide apprenticeship and workforce development spaces, she is passionate about building regenerative workforce pipelines to support business continuity and growth and to provide opportunities to local jobseekers.
Laura has over 20 years of experience building, refurbishing, and managing programs that support successful business operations with a strong background in health and safety. Under Laura's leadership, Facilities Management has shown an increase in employee involvement in the development of workplace safety initiatives, an increase in employee investment in the FM Apprenticeship Program, the development of an Inclusive Excellence Plan, and greater offerings for the professional development of FM employees.
Prior to UVA, Laura held positions at George Mason University, GlaxoSmithKline, and the North Carolina Department of Labor, OSH Division, including a commissioner-appointed position as interim Executive Director of the Ergonomics Center of North Carolina.
Laura holds a bachelor's degree in economics from George Mason University and a master's degree from Old Dominion University. She is currently pursuing her doctorate in education (Ed.D.) from University of Dayton.