Laurie Sallarulo - JA North Florida 

 

Laurie Sallarulo has a reputation as a strong managerial, development and financial executive with a deep passion and commitment to improving the lives of children and families.  She is a well-known and respected leader in the community who has worked very closely with non-profit leaders, business executives and elected officials in Broward for the past twenty-three years. Laurie possesses an excellent understanding of the culture and landscape of the Broward community and enjoys very strong alliances across the sectors. She is highly regarded as someone that creates positive change in our community.  

With an extensive background in corporate and non-profit management, strategic and financial planning, fundraising, organizational development and program operations, Laurie is recognized as a dynamic leader that strategically moves organizations and community issues to higher levels of sustainability, awareness and recognition. 

Laurie's corporate experience, which includes banking, includes managing up to a 200 person accounting department and working with account teams to negotiate and manage multi-million dollar contracts. Most recently Laurie managed PNC's southeast region of Florida community relations and Foundation operation working closely with the team to maximize returns from community partnerships.

Laurie's personal experience led her to the non-profit sector where she applied her corporate business skills.  Because of her strong relationships with donors, corporate, governmental and non-profit leaders, strategic approach to building initiatives and ability to bring people together, Laurie was recruited to join Junior Achievement of South Florida as President & CEO, during a time when the organization was experiencing hardship and change. In her short time with JA, Laurie has brought the organization to a positive and secure financial position and created strong relevance around the work of the organization in workforce preparation and entrepreneurship.  

At JA and in previous positions at LBF, 2-1-1 Broward and Habitat for Humanity, Laurie brings creative solutions to providing critical services to the citizens of the community. She possesses very strong relationships which allow her to strengthen current collaborations and to bring new partnerships to the organizations she serves.   She is masterful at helping organizations to evolve and grow so they may remain relevant and strong. In addition, Laurie understands the importance of continuously creating new revenue streams to keep organizations stable.  

Laurie's unique combination of experience also includes her role as a funder in the community.  She served two four-year terms as a Governor-appointed member of the Children's Services Council of Broward, where she served as Treasurer and worked to identify the goals of the council and determine allocation of $60 million.  She currently serves as Commissioner-appointee to the Broward County Children's Services Board, making funding recommendations to the County Commission on $16 million in funding for children's services. She is also the Governor-appointed Chair of the Early Learning Coalition of Broward County and Early Learning Advisory Council of Florida, which oversees funding of $90 million dollars for early childcare services.  

Laurie is the mother of two children, Patrick, 24 and Samantha, 22.  She is a dedicated advocate of children, especially those at risk and/or with special needs, working on their behalf to improve the quality of care and increase access to services. She believes that we must help children and their families gain the necessary skills and guidance they need to be successful in life.