COO/CFO, Klamath River Renewal Corporation
National Board of Directors, Blog Author
Laura Hazlett is a talented and strategic executive with an impressive track record on complex projects that involve multiple stakeholder groups. In her current role as the Chief Operating Officer and Chief Financial Officer (COO/CFO) of the Klamath River Renewal Corporation (KRRC), Laura is a critical leader for what will be the largest dam removal project in the United States. This $450 million effort is unique not only in scope but also in the historic nature of the diverse, 23-party Settlement Agreement Laura is helping to implement. Laura has blazed new territory in the field of environmental restoration. Physically restoring the Klamath River and bringing back salmon runs that hover on the edge of extinction is complicated, to say the least, and the fiscal, contracting, insurance, and risk management issues associated with the effort are unprecedented in scope and complexity. In 2021 Laura was honored by the San Francisco Business Times as one of the “Most Influential Women in Business” in the Bay Area region.
Prior to her role with KRRC, Laura spent 4 years as the Chief Financial and Administrative Officer of the California College of Arts (CCA) where she led strategy for integrated planning and new initiatives across CCA’s two campuses. Prior to CCA, she was the Chief Financial Officer for Athletics at UC Berkeley, where she oversaw business operations, financial planning, analysis of major capital projects, business contracts, information technology, and human resources. Laura also served as a consultant to the University of Oregon for two years, during which she was the financial point person for the development of Matthew Knight Arena. In this role, she served as the liaison between the athletics department, university administration, faculty, and the community. In a prior key role as CFO of the Pac-12, Laura was responsible for all finance, accounting, tax, and treasury functions for the $500M organization and its related media, digital, and sales entities. Laura has a Ph.D. in finance from UCLA and an undergraduate degree in Math and Economics from Arizona State University.