Laura Mangels has joined the Colorado Children’s Campaign as a Leading Edge Fellow for the American Council of Learned Societies. During her year with the organization, she will draw on various strands of research and data to assess the pandemic’s effects on the mental and behavioral health of Colorado’s children and families, and to generate responsive policy solutions with the potential to improve the mental health among those hardest hit by the pandemic and its economic and social effects. Laura lives in Richmond in the San Francisco Bay Area (California). She received her PhD in Sociology from the University of California at Berkeley in 2018, and she’s been an active member of her local political community, holding positions at the grassroots Richmond Progressive Alliance and on the City of Richmond’s Re-Imagining Public Safety Community Task Force.
Things You May Not Know:Hometown: São Paulo, Brazil
Working Remotely From: Richmond, in the San Francisco Bay Area of California
College: Reed College; then UC Berkeley
Major: Sociology and Psychology; then Sociology
Favorite Children’s Book: You Can Be by Elise Gravel
Favorite Thing About Life In Richmond, CA:: My favorite thing about living where I do is having access to the outdoors.
Favorite Restaurant: I don’t eat out, so I have to say that my favorite “restaurant” is home. My wife is passionate about growing and sourcing food, and she’s an amazing cook—so we eat really well!
If You Were A Car, What Kind You Would Be: I’d be a jeep. I like to go off-trail, and I like to otherwise avoid driving as much as I can.
Biggest Pet Peeve: My biggest pet peeve might be the willful misuse of data to “prove a point.”
Worst Job You’ve Ever Had: My first job out of college was as a market research analyst. Our supervisor had us fabricating data to hit our “numbers,” and this practice really offended my budding researcher sensibilities!
Best Job You've Ever Had: While it’s unpaid, perhaps the most interesting job I’ve had before is to serve as a member of a city task force to re-imagine public safety where I live, in Richmond, California.
Dream Job: My dream job is to leverage my skills to engage in collaborative work that makes a positive impact on social justice.
Best Thing About Working At The Children's Campaign: The people at the Children’s Campaign really are the best.
Who You Idolize Most: Lately, I’ve been feeling especially deep admiration for Audre Lorde, a fierce feminist and uncompromising champion of social justice for all.
Your Greatest Extravagance: Herbal teas are possibly my greatest extravagance. I might have twelve different flavors in a given week.
Most Likely To Be Found On A Slow Friday Afternoon: You’re likely to find me lying in the sun on my deck with some reading, under a cat.
Favorite News Personality: While he’s perhaps best known for his investigative journalism, I appreciate the rigorous analysis that Juan González brings to the news. He always asks the tough and important questions.
Night Owl or Early Bird: I am both a night owl and an early bird. Such are the ways of the insomniacs!
Thing You Can’t Live Without: I can’t live without regular time outside.
Favorite Book: All We Can Save: Truth, Courage, and Solutions for the Climate Crisis, edited by Ayana Elizabeth Johnson and Katharine K. Wilkinson; and Emergent Strategy by adrienne maree brown, are two recent reads that absolutely floored me with their brilliance and heart.
Talent You Would Most Like To Have: I love music, and I wish I had the ability to sing beautifully.