“Listen with the intent to understand, not respond.” -Kim Scott

Vice President, Finance & Operations

Laura Knisley

Hinsdale, IL

Laura joined the Evolve team in 2020 as the Vice President of Finance & Operations, where she is dedicated to overseeing organizational finance, human resources, and other operational activities of the firm. 

Prior to Evolve, Laura worked at Youth & Opportunity United (Y.O.U.) as the Chief Financial Officer. She previously served as Director of Finance & Operations at Josephinum Academy of the Sacred Heart in Chicago's Wicker Park neighborhood, where she led finance, human resources, and facilities management functions. She also served as Chief of Staff at Braven, a startup nonprofit, where she added capacity to the CEO by managing strategic projects and overseeing organizational operations during a complex transition when the organization broke off from its incubator. Laura is currently the Board Treasurer of GlobeMed, a nonprofit committed to supporting and cultivating the next generation of leaders in the global health equity space.



Recent clients

  • National Runaway Safeline


Masters of Business Administration, Kellogg School of Management

Bachelor of Science in Management, Tulane University


Laura enjoys tennis, reading, Peloton and iced coffee.