Laura Starr, C.A.
Business Development Manager
Laura Starr focuses on diversifying History Associates’ business relationships and offerings, expanding our client portfolio, and creating meaningful partnership networks. She is committed to understanding the needs of our clients and preparing project plans that deliver high quality results. Ms. Starr also manages our partner relationships, enabling us to offer enhancements to our in-house services.
Ms. Starr contributes to direct marketing and sales efforts for all of our services and supports clients across a spectrum of industries including government, corporations, legal, cultural heritage, non-profit, and academia.
Before focusing on business development, Ms. Starr accrued more than a decade of experience as a professional archivist. Her work in this area includes consulting and collection assessments, archives and artifact management, program development, and making meaningful use of archival assets. As a result of this practical experience, Ms. Starr understands the intricacies of organizing, preserving, and leveraging historical assets to the benefit of our clients’ project goals and bottom lines.
Specific client work includes:
- American Battle Monuments Commission: pre-contract authorization planning, client services, and vendor partnership development to support surveying, processing, cataloging, digitization, and conservation of vital archives located throughout the sixteen countries where ABMC-managed cemeteries and monuments exist, in addition to the Overseas Operations Office located in Paris, France. This sole source IDIQ contract runs from 2018-2023.
- National Park Service: surveying, processing, and cataloging records of over a dozen National Park Service sites;
- Library of Congress: rehousing and cataloging historic maps at the Library of Congress;
- National Institutes of Health (NIH): conducting records surveys and developing revised records retention schedules;
- Members of Congress: inventorying permanent and temporary records of elected officials on Capitol Hill; and
- Gwynnie Bee: featured historian in a documentary on the history of shopping for this subscription clothing service.
Ms. Starr actively participates in the Archives profession through community engagement; she currently serves on the Society of American Archivist’s Membership Committee (2016-2019) and is Chair of the Career Development Subcommittee (2017-2019). Ms. Starr also periodically teaches courses as an adjunct professor at Notre Dame of Maryland University in Baltimore.
Ms. Starr is certified by the Academy of Certified Archivists. She earned her M.L.S. in archives, records, and information management and her M.A. in history from the University of Maryland, College Park. She holds a B.A. in history from the College of Notre Dame of Maryland.