Laura is the Assistant Deputy Commissioner for Education, Community Engagement and Government Affairs for the Philadelphia Water Department.
Ms. Copeland joined the Water Department in October 2000 as a Public Relations Trainee and was promoted to Public Information Officer in December 2007 where she managed the Department’s Public Relations unit and served as the chief spokesperson for interviews with broadcast, radio and print media until January 2021, when she was promoted to her current position.
Ms. Copeland was selected to participate in LEADERSHIP Philadelphia, a prestigious organization designed to mobilize public and private sector professionals to work on behalf of the community and receive training to be Board leaders. She currently serves on the boards for the Utility Emergency Services Fund and the Partnership for the Delaware Estuary.
She served as a Communications Specialist in the United States Army for four years and graduated Magna Cum Laude with a B.A. degree in Marketing from Temple University.