Laura Wood is the Director of Legislative Affairs for the National Association of Conservation Districts.  She previously worked at Russell & Barron, a government relations and public affairs firm focused on agriculture, and she currently teaches Introduction to American Politics and Government as an adjunct faculty member at George Washington University.  Her prior experience includes work before law school in the Kansas Legislature and U.S. House of Representatives, as well as for the Senate Judiciary Committee while completing her J.D. at The George Washington University Law School. Laura is a member of the Kansas Bar, and received her B.S. from Kansas State University, where she enjoyed working on renewable energy issues for the Environmental Defense Fund.  Laura grew up on a family farm near Trousdale, Kansas, and she served as Governor of Kansas Girls State, sponsored by the American Legion Auxiliary. With deep roots in farming, she values the importance of locally-led conservation practices that efficiently use resources and technology to advance sustainable food and fiber security in the United States.