Laura Agosta

Laura Agosta

Deputy Director, Information & Media; Chief of Party, USAID/CREDIBLE; Media Lead, USAID/CSM-STAND
Americas, Europe & Eurasia, Africa, Asia, Argentina, Colombia, Moldova, Mozambique, Peru, Bangladesh, Uruguay, Guatemala, Dominican Republic, Civil Society, Media, Technology, Governance, Youth

Laura has over 15 years of progressive senior management experience overseeing and providing technical support to complex projects at the intersection of social development, access to information and governance for a variety of donors. She serves as the Media Lead for the Civil Society and Media – Strengthened Together and Advancing in New Directions (CSM-STAND) for Asia, Europe and Eurasia, and Latin America and the Caribbean (Asia-EE-LAC) as well as the Chief of Party USAID/CREDIBLE.

Laura specializes in access to information, media and civil society development, and institutional performance management. She has demonstrated experience applying management expertise across international non-profits, national governments, multilateral organizations and private companies. She has led and  advised  programs  in  complex  political environments,  supporting  independent  media  to  improve  the  quality  of  content  and  expand audience  reach,  promoting  access  to  information,  transparency  and  digital  literacy,  and  enhancing media  literacy  skills  among  youth. She currently guides activities  related  to  media  development,  freedom  of  expression,  access  to  information,  journalism safety,  innovative  business  models,  and  misinformation. She also provides operational support to the Information & Media practice.

Previously at IREX, Laura provided technical support to the creation of more than 1,000 community hubs in libraries in Moldova under a 12M USD Bill and Melinda Gates program and led similar initiatives in Peru and Uruguay. Prior to joining IREX, Laura served as public sector specialist for the World Bank office in Dhaka, Bangladesh, providing technical assistance to the government of Bangladesh in the implementation of the Right to Information Act and the Performance Management System. 

Laura has also managed social development projects financed by companies such as Coca-Cola, Petrobras, and The Walt Disney Company as part of their Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) strategy in Argentina and Latin America. She also led the efforts of the government of Buenos Aires to promote sustainable business practices among small companies at the policy level. 

Laura holds a BA from Universidad Catolica Argentina and a Master of public administration from Columbia University, School of International and Public Affairs. Laura is passionate about leading multicultural teams, learning from grassroots innovators and navigating the relationships with public, private and multilateral donors. She is fluent in English, Spanish, and Italian and is currently learning Albanian.