Founder, Open Road Alliance
Laurie Michaels is an individual philanthropist based in Aspen, Colorado, and founder of Open Road Alliance, a private philanthropic fund. Prior to establishing the organization, she maintained a practice in clinical psychology. Through Open Road Alliance, Dr. Michaels and her team make charitable grants and below market-rate loans to nonprofits in need of contingency funds. Her experience has led her to actively advocate for change within the philanthropic sector by highlighting the need for better risk management in grantmaking. She is a frequent contributor to The Chronicle of Philanthropy, and Stanford Social Innovation Review, as well as a speaker at forums such as Clinton Global Initiative, GEO, Council on Foundations, and Global Philanthropy Forum. Dr. Michaels currently serves on the board of directors for PATH and Search for Common Ground. She served on the board of the Aspen Community Foundation for 12 years and had been board chair for four years ending in 2013.