Colors of Connection Co-Founder and Organizational Development Director
Laurie Reyman, LSWAIC, is an internationally focused social worker working with conflict-affected populations, and the related issues of trauma, displacement, transition, and grief. She is experienced in non-profit organizational and program development and management, and really enjoys a good strategic planning session! Her dedication to social justice drives her work and she is passionate about exploring and unpacking the related experiences of oppression and privilege.
Laurie spent her childhood in Zimbabwe which formed her identity as a third culture kid, imbued in her a deep love of the African continent and its people, and ignited a passion for humanitarian work. She received a BA in International Studies with a focus on Africa in 2006 and was awarded her Masters in Social Work from the University of Georgia in May 2009, where her focus was on community practice and non-profit management.
Upon graduating she went to Liberia with the Carter Center where she worked as a Project Officer for their Access to Justice Programs and managed the southeastern sub-office in Harper. While in Harper she co-founded Colors of Connection with Christina and began implementation of their pilot project in 2011.
Since 2017 Laurie’s work with Colors of Connection has involved developing essential foundations for the organization, taking steps in strategic development that are helping CC develop from a start-up/incubation stage into a full-fledged organization that is better positioned to provide empowering programming and sustain the organization’s work. She is currently developing programming for conflict-affected youth in Seattle, WA where she has lived since 2018 with her family. She is also enrolled in the 2019-20 expressive arts therapy training program with Northwest Creative and Expressive Arts Institute, and is working towards her independent clinical social work license.