Laura Nagel is the founding Executive Director of the International Convocation of Unitarian Universalist Women, 2010. She served as Board President and then as Executive Director of Southwest Unitarian Universalist Women (SWUUW), 2004-2009, for which she formed a nonprofit corporation. She first met Margot Adler while arranging for her to be a keynote speaker for SWUUW in 2005. She also served as co-convener of Unitarian Universalist Women and Religion's core group from 2005-2007.
Laura has a Masters degree in Urban Affairs and Policy Analysis from the New School for Social Research and had a career as an urban planner specializing in housing and community development. She and her husband recently retired to Monterey, California, Laura's home town, where they rebuilt her mother's old house on the beach about which Laura wrote the blog Phebe Force. They are both members of the UU Church of the Monterey Peninsula, where Laura serves on the board and they both sing in the choir. They have two adult daughters.