Laura Starr, C.A.
Business Development Manager | Engagement Strategist
“There’s nothing more rewarding than sharing my passion for history with a client or partner to distinguish their day-to-day efforts and plan for their future by reflecting on the past.”
Work at HAI
At HAI, Laura focuses on growing and diversifying our relationships and service offerings, expanding HAI’s brand presence, and creating meaningful partnership networks. She is committed to understanding the needs of our clients and creating action plans that deliver high quality, valuable results by our best-in-class team. She strives to provide full-service solutions to our clients’ range of challenges through both priming and subcontracting engagements. Laura is the business development practice lead for our local, state, and federal (civilian and DOD) government markets. She also supports business development efforts for our commercial, association and institution, and legal practice areas.
Before focusing on business development, Laura spent her early years with HAI as a practicing archivist. As a result, she can’t resist visiting a new historic property, taking a behind-the-scenes tour of a corporate archive, or getting lost deep underground in an Indiana Jones-esque maze of federal record cartons. Laura’s archives work focused on consulting engagements, assessments, archives and artifact collections management, program development, and making meaningful use of archival assets. As a result of this practical experience, she understands the intricacies of organizing, preserving, and leveraging historical assets to meet our clients’ project goals and bottom lines.
Laura’s clients and partners include:
- American Battle Monuments Commission
- Baylor School (Chattanooga)
- Firebird Analytical Solutions and Technology
- Gwynnie Bee
- Hearst Western Properties
- Iron Mountain – Government Solutions
- Library of Congress
- Los Angeles County
- National Congress of American Indians
- National Institutes of Health
- Niagara Falls Public Library
- Santa Clara University
- Smithsonian Institution
- Sonoma County Public Library
- Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi
- The Bradley Corporation
- The Columbia Group
- The Conservation Center for Art & Historic Artifacts
- The Crowley Company
- U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
- U.S. Coast Guard
- U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs
- U.S. National Park Service
Path to HAI
Before joining HAI in 2010, Laura researched, preserved, and cataloged hundreds of historic documents and collections. She discovered and documented previously unknown letters and signatures of the 16th U.S. President at the Library of Congress through the Papers of Abraham Lincoln documentary editing project. Laura processed historic preservation papers, inventoried rare books, created metadata for the Baltimore News American photograph collection, and provided patron reference support at the University of Maryland, College Park. She selected, located, and prepared National Register of Historic Places nomination forms and photographs for digitization and online access with the National Park Service. And as a college intern, Laura researched and cataloged African American history collections at the Maryland State Archives and provided curatorial support on the high seas (of the Chesapeake Bay) aboard the S.S. John W. Brown World War II Liberty Ship.
Laura is certified by the Academy of Certified Archivists. She earned her MLS in archives, records, and information management and her MA in history from the University of Maryland, College Park. She holds a BA in history from Notre Dame of Maryland University.
Laura is professionally active in the archives and information community. She served on the Society of American Archivist’s Membership Committee (2016-2019) and chaired the Career Development Subcommittee (2017-2019). Laura is a member of the American Alliance of Museums (AAM), Society of American Archivists (SAA), Council of State Archivists (COSA), National Association of Government Archives & Records Administrators (NAGARA), and the American Records Management Association International (ARMA). She also periodically teaches courses as an adjunct professor at Notre Dame of Maryland University in Baltimore.