Laura Bloomberg has served as the Humphrey School’s associate dean since January 2013. As the School’s principal academic officer she has led efforts to launch a Master of Human Rights degree, expand the School’s undergraduate programs, establish a Foundations for Success summer prep program for all incoming Masters students and build a fully online national program to develop leaders in the field of election administration.
In 2015, Bloomberg was nominated to the executive council of NASPAA: The global standard in public service education. She is also serving a three year term on the Commission on Peer Review and Accreditation (COPRA), which reviews and accredits public affairs schools in the United States and in countries across the globe. Bloomberg’s service to the University of Minnesota includes membership on the executive committees of the Hennepin-University Partnership, the Urban Research and Outreach Center, and the Center for Transportation Studies. Bloomberg has been appointed by the University’s administration to Chair the University’s Council of Research Associate Deans beginning in 2016.
As a member of the Humphrey School faculty Bloomberg has taught courses on leadership and management, educational innovation, and program evaluation. Bloomberg has won several awards for teaching, including the Humphrey students' award for Instructor of the Year (2010 and 2011). She also received a University of Minnesota Outstanding Faculty Member Award from the Council of Graduate Students (2011).
Bloomberg previously served as executive director of the Center for Integrative Leadership, a joint initiative with the Carlson School of Management and the Humphrey School. Prior to joining the Humphrey School in 2007, Bloomberg was a school district administrator and principal of a K-12 urban magnet school. From 1990-1996 she concurrently was an instructor and researcher in the College of Education and Human Development, University of Minnesota. Bloomberg served as a locally elected school board member in Mahtomedi, Minnesota (1996-2004) and chaired the Association of Metropolitan School Districts. She is a founding partner of Full Circle Community Institute, a cross cultural organization that provides evaluation and leadership support to community-based educational organizations and indigenous tribal communities.
Bloomberg's most recent research and policy work has focused on community-based leadership, public value creation, cross-cultural dialogue and educational policy. Bloomberg has authored articles on creating public value, program evaluation, policy development, cross-agency leadership and collaboration, and educational policy analysis. She has consulted on education policy initiatives with the provincial governments of Canada, tribal leaders of Indigenous Nations, the European Union and the island country of Cyprus. She has worked with several states, federal agencies, and the National Governors Association to develop improved civic leadership and education systems across the United States.
Bloomberg holds a Bachelor’s degree in special education from St. Cloud State University, Master's degrees in psychometrics and educational psychology from Cornell University, and a Ph.D. in educational policy and administration from the University of Minnesota.