Laura Goodman served in criminal justice for 35 years as a police officer, sergeant and deputy chief of police in major metropolitan police departments, as the Ombudsman for Crime Victims for the State of Minnesota, and as Director of Public Safety for an urban university.
Laura earned a Master’s Degree in Organizational Leadership and Strategic Management from St. Catherine University, a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Organizational Communication from Metro State University, and an Associate of Arts in Law Enforcement from Normandale Community College. She is a past adjunct faculty member at Metro State University.
Laura is a subject matter expert who has provided consultation, published articles and presented training nationally and internationally on contemporary law enforcement issues including recruiting and retaining women in policing, police leadership, victim engagement, gender bias and excessive use of force. Laura is currently an International Police Advisor for Education for Critical Thinking (ECT) and works with the National Center for Women and Policing (NCWP) extolling the importance of women police and working to increase their numbers.
Laura is a past commissioner for the International Association of Campus Law Enforcement Administrators Accreditation Commission, past president of the International Association of Women Police (IAWP), and past chair of the IAWP Board of Trustees, where she continues to serve as a director.
Laura became interested in Saint Paul STRONG when it became clear that both the City and County were engaging in practices that were not transparent, inclusive, public or fair to residents. Saint Paul STRONG's nonpartisan, community-led organizational dedication to improving open and representative government in Saint Paul resonated with Laura. She has been a proud member of Saint Paul STRONG’s Steering Committee since February 2017.