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Laura Koprowski Leaves MORPC to Take on New Role at COTA

March 7, 2017

From creating a strong voice and advocacy program for Central Ohio’s local governments to establishing the region’s air quality alert system, MORPC’s Public and Government Affairs Director, Laura Koprowski has accomplished a lot during her tenure at MORPC. After 21 years of service to our region, in a variety of long-term and impactful ways, Koprowski is leaving MORPC and has taken a new position at COTA, as their Vice President of Government and External Communications.

Koprowski started her career at MORPC in 1996, as a commuter program specialist with the regional rideshare program and rose to her current post as Director of Public and Government Affairs. During her tenure, Koprowski worked on a variety of issues touching the areas of transportation, environment, energy, housing, land use, public leadership and engagement, economic development, and local government funding and services.

“Like all of us who've worked with Laura during her long tenure at MORPC, I will definitely miss her as part of the team,” said William Murdock, MORPC’s Executive Director. “We are very happy for her as she advances to her next opportunity in public service, as COTA is a close partner and friend of MORPC.”

In her role as Public & Government Affairs Director, Koprowski was responsible for creating and executing communications, marketing and advocacy strategies to promote MORPC and its mission. In addition, she developed effective communication methods to enhance MORPC’s visibility and image around the country.

On the legislative side, Koprowski was an early advocate for regional councils to take on a more active role in public policy. She created MORPC’s Regional Policy Roundtable, a legislative task force that represents the diverse interests of the region and sets MORPC’s legislative priorities with MORPC’s Public Policy Agenda. These policy strategies have not only been successfully implemented in Central Ohio, but replicated in other regions.

“It is the MORPC mission and culture that I found to be a wonderful place to develop professionally as well as contribute to Central Ohio’s successful growth,” Koprowski said. “It has been an incredible experience to be involved in some many transformative plans, programs and efforts that have helped to make our region stand out nationally.”

For her various efforts, Koprowski won the National Association of Regional Councils (NARC) 2016 John Bosley Leadership Award. The John Bosley Award recognizes outstanding service and contributions exhibited by an individual who has advanced their regional community for the better.

Koprowski, a resident of the city of Grandview Heights, is a graduate of Ohio University with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and a graduate of Bowling Green State University with a Masters in Public Administration.

Koprowski’s last day, as an employee of MORPC, is March 9th.  She will begin her new position at COTA the following day.