Laura Coy

Head of Philanthropy Strategy and ESG Integration

Laura Coy is responsible for overseeing William Blair’s philanthropy strategy and environmental, social, and governance (ESG) integration. In this role, she works closely with clients, key stakeholders, and colleagues around the world to develop and optimize their sustainability efforts and charitable giving.

Laura works as a trusted advisor to high-net worth families, family offices, foundations, CEOs, boards, management teams, and investors on their ESG programs and philanthropic planning. Laura also leads the firm’s ESG efforts and impact investing initiatives. For the past six years, Laura has led William Blair’s growing community engagement programs and the William Blair & Company Foundation with a mission to inspire the next generation of philanthropists through its employee-centered matching and global grants programs.

Before joining William Blair, Laura was the senior manager of corporate social responsibility, public affairs manager, and senior corporate philanthropist for W.W. Grainger, Inc. While at Grainger, she designed and led its premier Corporate Social Responsibility program. Prior to working at Grainger, Laura worked for nonprofits including the National Alzheimer’s Association and the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum.

Laura serves on the leadership committee of the Illinois Holocaust Museum, the advisory board of ShowerUp Chicago, the leadership council of Loyola’s Baumhart Center, and is the board chair of North Park Elementary School. Laura received her B.S. in political science from the University of Illinois.


Exploring Sustainability

Laura Coy

Across industries, companies are asking themselves: Are we a good corporate citizen? At William Blair, we believe that there is no one way to answer this important question. Rather, we believe that corporate social responsibility...

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