Laurel Thrash joined NAGTRI in June 2015 as a program specialist. Laurel currently serves as the NAGTRI program manager where she supervises all facets of NAGTRI training operations. This includes the selection of training locations, supervision and management of NAGTRI program specialists, negotiation of venue contracts and contracted faculty contracts, and budget oversight. She has a passion for working with people and hopes to bring this enthusiasm to the NAAG team.

Prior to joining NAGTRI, Laurel worked for a strategic communications firm in Washington, D.C. where she helped advise clients facing policy and regulatory challenges. A Texas native, Laurel graduated from the University of Texas at Austin in 2013 with a double major in Spanish and international relations/global studies. During her time in Austin, Laurel served on the University of Texas Student Government Executive Committee.