Laurie Michaels

Founder, Open Road Alliance

Laurie Michaels, Ph.D. is an individual philanthropist based in Aspen, CO. Prior to founding Open Road Alliance, a private philanthropic fund, in 2012, Dr. Michaels maintained a practice in clinical psychology.

Dr. Michaels supports change within the philanthropic sector. Through Open Road Alliance, she advocates for greater transparency in the relationship between donors and non-profits by highlighting the need for better risk management in grant making. She is a regular contributor to the Chronicle of Philanthropy and a guest speaker at forums such as Fail Forward, Clinton Global Initiative, and WA Women’s Foundation.

Dr. Michaels currently serves on the Board of Directors for PATH and Search for Common Ground. She served on the board of the Aspen Community Foundation for 12 years and had been Board Chair for four years ending in 2013.

Dr. Michaels earned a B.A. from Williams College. She holds a Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from Colorado State University.