Laura Hansen serves as director for information management and decision support for Metro Nashville Public Schools (MNPS). She is responsible for establishing and supporting a strategic vision related to the utilization of data for information and decision-making by both the school district and community/city partners. Data governance and professional learning around the use of data are also focus areas of her office, as well as overseeing the district’s Data Quality and Integrity Office. The consolidation of data from disparate systems and the sharing of data across agencies and organizations that serve MNPS students and families are key strategies that Hansen champions in her efforts to improve outcomes for Nashville’s children and youth through a collective impact approach.
Prior to taking on this position, Hansen spent two-and-a-half years as part of the Mayor’s Office, tasked with managing projects in support of the mayor’s education agenda. In addition, she served as coordinator for Nashville’s Child and Youth Master Plan, after facilitating the plan’s development by a 55-member taskforce made up of leaders from agencies and organizations throughout Nashville.
Hansen spent six years at Metro Nashville Public Schools prior to joining the Mayor’s Office, in various roles related to professional development, project management, quality management, and continuous improvement.
Hansen serves on the Operating Board for Alignment Nashville, the Board of Directors for the Exchange Club Family Center, and a number of city leadership councils, including those focused on the Child and Youth Master Plan, the Nashville AfterZone Alliance, Healthy Nashville initiatives, and the Education and Youth Resource Team for Nashville Next, the city’s 25-year planning process. She also chairs the MNPS Technology and Data Transformational Leadership Group and the Nashville Promise Neighborhood Data Workgroup. Hansen has a bachelor’s degree from Tennessee State University in interdisciplinary studies with concentrations in psychology and organizational leadership. She is a proud Air Force veteran and has three grown children and one grandchild with her husband of 27 years.