Laura Mandel

Senior Director

Informed risk-taker. Cat lover. Grammar and spelling nerd. Eternal student of history. Francophile.

Laura Mandel is a Senior Director at Third Plateau, focused on serving the firm’s clients in the Jewish community. She comes to Third Plateau with a decade of experience spanning media, social entrepreneurship and philanthropy, and a lifelong passion and commitment to Jewish learning and communal service.

Most recently, she served as Director of Partnerships at News Deeply, a digital media startup that connects and informs leaders working on many of the world’s biggest problems. Previously, she managed syndication and licensing for The New York Times in Europe and the Middle East, and worked as a Development Officer at the New Israel Fund, fundraising in support of human rights and social justice programs in Israel and the Palestinian territories.

Laura’s interests include human rights and women’s advancement, as well as religious pluralism and the role of religion in peace and conflict. She is also passionate about the future of media, having spent many years experimenting with new media models. In her free time, she serves on the board of the Abraham Initiatives, a nonprofit that builds shared society between Jews and Arabs, and enjoys practicing yoga, speaking French and trying new recipes from NYT Cooking. She is currently based in San Francisco, and has lived and worked in New York City, Paris and Jerusalem.

Originally from Maryland, Laura holds a B.A. in History and French from the University of Pennsylvania and is currently completing a Master’s in Public Affairs from the Goldman School of Public Policy at UC Berkeley.