Senior Vice President
Mercury Public Affairs
Before joining Mercury, Parra was a registered lobbyist for DiMare, Brown, Hicks and Kessler, and worked as a Legislative Aide for then-Assemblymember Ricardo Lara and Assemblymember Hector De La Torre. She represented clients in an array of subject areas such as higher education, air quality, water and local government issues. Laura served as co-chair and lobbyist liaison for the California Latino Capitol Association Foundation, Sacramento-based professional organization founded to bring together California’s legislative staff, legislative advocates, the Sacramento community, and other Latino professionals around the state to promote the professional development of its members and to serve the community. Parra is an alumnae of the Hispanas Organized for Political Equality (HOPE) Leadership Institute and a recipient of the USC Forum on California Politics Certificate. HOPE is the first and only statewide non-profit, non-partisan, organization committed to ensuring political and economic parity for Latinas through leadership, advocacy and education to benefit all communities and the status of women. Laura is originally from Los Angeles and earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science with a minor in Mexican American Studies from San Jose State University.