Laksmi Lagares’ purpose is to help people realize they are more than their environment or conditions predispose them to be.
Laksmi’s career includes 15 plus years experience in all aspects of Business Development, Government Affairs, External Affairs, and Corporate Social Responsibility. She is the curator of Application versus Theory workshops, presenting at schools including Mills College, UC Santa Cruz and Stanford University. Her communications styling crosses cultural and socio economic divides; translating needs to create strategy supporting mutual wins generating a triple bottom line. Laksmi also has lived experience in the child welfare system.
Laksmi is an Executive Committee Member of the West Contra Costa Sierra Club and Chapter Rep for the San Francisco Bay Chapter, former Co-Director of NLC Oakland, former Co-Vice Chair of NLC National Diversity Committee where she co created the organizations diversity curriculum now implemented in 50 chapters nationwide. She is a Hive Global Leader, was a key planner of Oakland’s Breaking the Silence Town Hall; an initiative of Dr. Kimberle Crenshaw and the AAPF (acknowledged by the Obama Administration), and Committee member of a workshop series facilitated by Dr. Monique Morris, author of Pushout. She has worked on various political campaigns including Oakland CIty Council at-Large candidate, Peggy Moore (former CA Political Director for President Obama and Senior Advisor to Oakland’s Mayor Libby Schaff), and Diana Becton who was successfully elected as District Attorney, making her the first African American woman DA in the history of Contra Costa County. Laksmi is currently the Director of Institutional Giving at Big Brothers Big Sister of the Bay Area. She has a BS in Technical Management and a MBA from Keller Graduate School of Management.