Laurie Lessage

Director of Finance and Administration

As Director of Finance and Administration, Laurie wears multiple hats. On the finance side, she is responsible for setting strategy, developing, organizing, and directing Day One’s financials. This includes managing budgeting and planning processes, creating financial policies and procedures, and leading the annual audit process.  She also works closely with the Board of Directors’ Finance and Audit Committees. On the administrative side, she is responsible for directing human resources activities, including staffing plans, HR policies and procedures, compensation, benefits, training, and professional development. Additionally, she oversees the broader operational aspects of Day One.

Prior to joining Day One, Laurie was the Finance & Operations Manager at Massachusetts Alliance on Teen Pregnancy. As the Finance & Operations Manager, she was responsible for the day to day operations of the office, financial reporting, accounts payable & receivable, recruitment, professional development, employee relations, and enforcing adherence to MATP’s personnel policies and procedures. As Laurie continued to build her expertise in finance, she consistently sought opportunities that would provide her with the space to leverage her skills to support vulnerable communities. Today, she currently serves as Board Treasurer on the Board of Directors for The Lineage Project, an NYC-based nonprofit, that brings mindfulness programs to incarcerated and vulnerable young people. Laurie is an avid meditator herself and believes that presence is what connects us to our sense of self, allowing us to identify thoughts and emotions and make better decisions.

Laurie earned her Bachelor of Arts Degree from Curry College and her Masters of Public Administration from Framingham State University. She is a Certified Professional in Human Resources and a member of the Society of the Human Resource Management. Laurie is a self-proclaimed radical HR practitioner, committed to creating equitable environments in which people have fun and enjoy their work.


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