Co-Founder / Executive Director
We Stories has been a racial equity advocate for the St. Louis region since 2015. The organization acknowledges the region’s complicated history with racism, but works diligently to promote an atmosphere where families of all races have the opportunity to thrive. Its vision encourages people to step up, dig in and become part of the solution.
Laura Horwitz, who co-founded We Stories and serves as its executive director, has 15 years of experience in designing, implementing and evaluating social justice programs.
Prior to We Stories, Horwitz launched the organizational learning function at American Friends Service Committee. That international nonprofit addresses a wide-range of peace and justice issues throughout the United States and abroad.
Horwitz also worked at The Pew Charitable Trusts, where she was part of a team that provided strategic recommendations to nearly 400 program staff members who worked on policy issues ranging from consumer protection to environmental conservation.
Horwitz is the author of several research reports on topics like the impact of the recession on city budgets, parent views of school choices and rising costs of healthcare and pension benefits. Her strengths include leadership development, curriculum design and group facilitation.
Working with a co-founder and board, Horwitz sets the vision and strategy for We Stories. She leads the organization's board development and fundraising efforts, builds its staff and consultants and puts systems in place for growth. She also plays key roles in alumni community building.
Horwitz earned a bachelor’s degree in American studies from Tufts University (Mass.) and master’s degree in organizational psychology from Columbia University (N.Y.).