Laura Bent serves as the Chief Operating Officer for Samaritan House leading the organizations Client Services, Food Services and Safe Harbor Shelter Programs.  She is also responsible for the originations’ Program Data and Facilities Management operations.  In addition, she has great responsibility for the Community Development efforts on behalf of the organization.  She previously served as the Director of Programs and Services for Samaritan House.  She is a retired executive of the YMCA movement and currently working on a Master’s in Business Administration with a specialized focus on Non Profit Administration.  She has a 28 year career as a Non Profit Professional and has been volunteering in a variety of levels for over 20 years.  She currently serves as the Treasurer on the Board of the San Mateo Area Chamber of Commerce; is a founding board member of The EDGE (Economic Development and Growth Enterprise) for the City of San Mateo; Immediate Past President of Leadership San Mateo, Foster City, Burlingame and Foster City; Current Co-Vice President of Fund Development for the Highlands Elementary School in San Mateo.  She is a Former Board Member and 12 year Rotarian with the San Mateo Rotary Club; a Former Board member of THRIVE (the non-profit Alliance of San Mateo County).  In addition, she also volunteers her time to support various community events at both the County and local City levels as well as with the San Mateo Little League.  She currently resides in San Mateo with her husband and two sons and lives by the philosophy that each person should “Be the Change they wish to see in this world.”