Director, Pennsylvania Statewide Afterschool/Youth Development Network, Advisor to ENGINE of Central PA
Executive Leadership Team
Laura Saccente joined as the network director for the Pennsylvania Statewide Afterschool/Youth Development Network (PSAYDN) in April 2015. Working with the PSAYDN steering committee, partners and stakeholders, she leads the network’s strategic vision and advocacy efforts, as well as maintains and develops public and private support. She provides expertise in education policy issues, association/non-profit advocacy, strategic communications, coalition building, grassroots mobilization and Out-of School Time (OST)/Afterschool programming. Laura has nine years of experience as director of governmental relations for the Association of Pennsylvania State College and University Faculties (ASPCUF). She previously worked in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives under two legislators. Laura received a bachelor's degree in speech communications and master’s degree in political science from East Stroudsburg University. She is a graduate of the Pennsylvania Education Policy Fellowship Program, and currently serves on the Pennsylvania State Workforce Development Board Youth Council, statewide STEM Advisory Committee and is a partner with the Carbon-Schuylkill-Luzerne (CSL) Stem Learning Ecosystem. Laura also facilitates the Pennsylvania STEM Ambassadors fellowship program.
At a Glance: Advisors serve to support the ecosystem development and infrastructure by advising in different capacities based on their strengths. In time, an advisory council will be established with stakeholders that will support the ecosystem vision.