Laurie Beacham is the Chief Communications & Marketing Officer at the New Jersey Institute for Social Justice.
Laurie began her career practicing law, followed by ten years as a television producer at Court TV where she covered trials of well-known figures including Jack Kevorkian, Michael Jackson, and President Bill Clinton (for impeachment). After working in television, Laurie moved to non-profit work, first serving as Communications Director at the Center for Justice & Democracy, an organization devoted to protecting the civil justice system. After that, Laurie headed up the Media Relations Department at the national ACLU, where she garnered coverage of the organization’s work in major print, TV and radio outlets, and worked on issues including racial justice; immigration; voting rights; reproductive freedom; and national security. Before joining the Institute, Laurie led the Strategy & Campaigns Department for the national ASPCA where she oversaw animal welfare campaigns that incorporated communications, marketing, legislative, regulatory and litigation initiatives.
Laurie also served as Media Director for NJ 11th for Change, a grassroots organization that advocates for constituents of the 11th Congressional District.
Laurie received a B.A. degree in sociology with a minor in women’s studies from Brandeis University, and a J.D. from New York University School of Law.