Laura Cox Kaplan

United States of America




Meryam El Ouafi


Principal-in-charge of U.S. Public Policy, PwC

An expert in communications, corporate governance, stakeholder engagement and public policy strategy, Laura has spent more than 11 years managing PwC’s public policy engagement strategy, and almost a decade on the executive management team of PwC. Laura also serves on PwC’s Global Public Policy and Regulatory Board, is the chair of the American Institute of CPA’s Federal Legislative Task Force, and is a member of the Center for Audit Quality’s (CAQ) Executive Management committee.

Prior to joining PwC, Laura served in senior positions at the U.S. Securities & Exchange Commission, and the U.S. Department of the Treasury, where she focused on the legislative and regulatory response to corporate governance and accounting failures in the late 1990s.

Laura writes and speaks on a range of topics including career and talent development, the importance of diversified teams, women’s leadership and corporate governance. She serves on several non-profit boards focused on getting more women to pursue elected office.

In 2015, Laura was named one of Washingtonian Magazine’s 100 Most Powerful Women in Washington. Laura received a Master’s degree from American University, a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Texas at Austin, and in 2014 completed an executive leadership program at Harvard Business School.