Born in Charlottesville, Virginia, Laura Boyd grew up in New Jersey and North Carolina. She earned a bachelor’s in German from Duke University, a master’s in humanist counseling from Marywood University, and a PhD in psychology from American Commonwealth University.
Boyd has been a professor, counselor, small business owner, consultant, and politician. She served in the Oklahoma House of Representatives from 1992 to 1998, when she became the first woman to receive the nomination for governor from a major political party in Oklahoma. In 2002, she was a nominee for Lieutenant Governor.
Boyd is owner and CEO of Policy and Performance Consultants, Inc. in Norman as well as executive director of the Oklahoma Therapeutic Foster Care Association. In addition, she served as national co-chair of Women’s Business Policy for President Obama during the 2008 election cycle. She spent sixteen years teaching at the undergraduate and graduate levels and has over twenty years of private counseling experience. She continues to serve as a tireless advocate for children.
In 2011 Boyd was inducted in the Oklahoma Women’s Hall of Fame.
(Bio current as of 2011)