Laura Gafnea

Director of Community Relations

Laura Gafnea joined Oxford College of Emory University as director of community relations in 2018. In this role, she works to encourage partnerships between Oxford College and the broader community, including government, businesses, non-profit organizations, educational entities, and community leaders. Prior to joining the Oxford College staff, Laura served as assistant director of foundation relations in the University of Georgia (UGA) Office of Corporate and Foundation Relations. In prior roles she was a Georgia 4-H faculty member and an admissions counselor in the UGA Office of Undergraduate Admissions. A native of Claxton, Georgia, she holds a Bachelor of Science in Family and Consumer Sciences and a Master of Public Administration, both from UGA. She expects to complete a PhD in Learning, Leadership, and Organizational Development, also from UGA, in 2020.

Laura is actively involved in the Covington Kiwanis Club and serves on the board of Newton County Tomorrow, the Covington/Newton County Chamber of Commerce Tourism Board, and the Leadership Newton County planning committee. She is a 2019 graduate of the Leadership Newton County program. Laura and her husband Trey live in Oxford with their son, Robert.

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