United States of America
Laurie Michaels, PhD, is an individual philanthropist based in Aspen, Colorado. Prior to founding Open Road Alliance, a private philanthropic fund, in 2012, Dr. Michaels maintained a practice in clinical psychology. Dr. Michaels supports change within the philanthropic sector. Through Open Road Alliance, she advocates for greater transparency in the relationship between donors and nonprofits by highlighting the need for better risk management in grant making. She is a regular contributor to the Chronicle of Philanthropy and a guest speaker at forums such as Fail Forward, Clinton Global Initiative, and Washington Women’s Foundation. Dr. Michaels currently serves on the board of directors for PATH and Search for Common Ground. She served on the board of the Aspen Community Foundation for 12 years and was its board chair for 4 years, ending in 2013. Dr. Michaels holds a PhD in Counseling Psychology from Colorado State University and a BA from Williams College.