Laurie Michaels

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, Michaels and her team make charitable and recoverable grants 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 grant making. She is a contributor to The Chronicle of Philanthropy, Stanford Social Innovation Review (SSIR), and Forbes, as well as a speaker at forums such as Fail Forward, Clinton Global Initiative, GEO, Council on Foundations and Global Philanthropy Forum.

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.

Michaels earned a Bachelor of Arts from Williams College and holds a PhD in counseling psychology from Colorado State University.