Laura Dallas McSorley is the director of Early Childhood Policy at American Progress. Before joining American Progress, she supported D.C. early learning organizations on creating inclusive policy agendas and strategic plans. McSorley was previously the senior director of early childhood initiatives at Raise DC, where she worked toward collective efforts for stronger early childhood systems for children and families in the District of Columbia. McSorley has also served as the vice president of strategic initiatives and partnerships at Teach For America (TFA) and as TFA’s senior managing director for its Early Childhood Education Initiative. McSorley taught pre-K at Bridges Public Charter School and Head Start at D.C. Public Schools. She holds a bachelor’s degree from Rhodes College and a master’s degree in early childhood education from George Mason University.