Margaret Laws

Margaret Laws

President & CEO


San Francisco, CA USA

Live into your purpose.


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Margaret Laws


My road in life took a while to figure out.
I started my career as a caseworker for homeless families and then moved into state government, where I worked on public health and homelessness programs.
After being introduced to foundation work, I got the opportunity to work in the Global Programme on AIDS at the World Health Organization.
I decided to go back to school for my master’s degree in public policy.
After graduating, I began working in management consulting working with state government programs as well as with companies focused on healthcare innovation.
I eventually decided I wanted to transition back to working for a mission-focused organization, so I joined the California Health Care Foundation (CHCF).
At the CHCF, I helped start the Innovations for the Underserved program, which focused on bringing innovations in healthcare technology and services to underserved populations.
During my last few years at CHCF, I started and ran a social venture fund to invest in companies in the digital health space to improve access and reduce cost of health care.
After 16 years at CHCF, I joined Hopelab, a social innovation lab working to include young people in the products and services that help to improve social and emotional well-being.
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High School
English Language and Literature, General
Princeton University
Public Policy
Harvard Kennedy School


President & CEO

I lead a social innovation lab focused on improving the health and well-being of teens and young adults.

Career Roadmap

My work combines:
My work combines:
Non-Profit Organizations
Helping People

Advice for Getting Started

Here's the first step for everyone

Get experience working with people. Find a community that you feel connected to or care deeply about and explore ways to work in that community. I also recommend working backwards from your "goal" job. Explore job boards and pinpoint a role that sounds amazing to you but that you know you're not qualified for yet. Then work backwards thinking about what you need to get there. What skills do you need to develop? What do you need to demonstrate? What are the opportunities along the way?

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