Laura Knitt, J.D., is a new SHARPE newkirk Senior Consultant. Previously, Laura worked with a large national nonprofit, the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, where she served in progressive roles as Associate Director for Planned Giving, Director for Legal and Regulatory Compliance and Assistant General Counsel. She brings valuable experience in donor stewardship, planned giving and major gifts, endowments and donor advised funds, real estate and securities, regulatory compliance and nonprofit governance.

Laura is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin—Madison and the University of Wisconsin Law School and currently serves on the board, and as corporate secretary, of the Chicago Council on Planned Giving. She is able to assist planned giving, major gift and other staff members of SHARPE newkirk client organizations with issue identification and strategies, estate gift administration, writing and editorial work, staff training and program audits.