About Laura

Laura Morrison proudly served as a member of the Austin City Council from 2008 through 2014, introducing more than 400 measures during her two terms. She identified resources for low-income housing, increased tax exemptions for seniors and the disabled, promoted local businesses in city contracts, and was a fierce champion for the environment, neighborhood stability, and social services.

Laura has always stood with everyday Austinites, not the real estate industry or other special interests. She has always worked toward community-based solutions, not policies forced on residents from the top down. She has always fought for transparency and collaboration in government, and against secrecy and backroom deals.

Laura developed a reputation for her collaborative approach to policymaking, doing “deep dives” into weighty financial documents, and creating more transparency at City Hall.

Prior to entering public service, Laura spent 10 years as an engineer and program manager for a global aerospace company. She supervised a team of other engineers, managed a multimillion-dollar budget, worked in export compliance, and served as a key witness in international litigation. She was later elected president of the Austin Neighborhoods Council (ANC) and helped double its size to 80 neighborhood associations across the city.

Laura has a master’s degree in mathematics and holds a graduate certificate in public health, community preparedness, and disaster response. Her husband, Phil, is a professor of physics at the University of Texas at Austin. They have two sons and two daughters-in-law, and their family has recently expanded to include three delightful granddaughters: Eddy (8), Cali (5), and Ada (two months).

Laura loves tap dancing with friends and swims regularly at Barton Springs.

Awards and Recognitions

2014

American Pets Alive!
Certificate of Appreciation
“…for outstanding performance and lasting contribution to making Austin a National Leader in No Kill Policy”

Oita-Austin Friendship Association
Honorary Ambassador

Austin/Travis County Health and Human Service Department
Certificate of Appreciation
“…in recognition of her support and commitment to the department”

Friends of Shipe Pool
Neighborhood Hero Award
“…in grateful appreciation for her work in preserving Shipe and Govalle Pools for future generations”

South East Combined Neighborhood Plan Contact Team
Certificate of Appreciation
“…for helping Dove Springs in so many ways … championing causes of the 78744 community in improving its health, safety and quality of life”

Ballet Austin
Mother Ginger in the Nutcracker performance on Community Night

Texas State Senate
Proclamation and Texas Flag flown over the Capitol
“…in grateful appreciation for her dedicated service to the City of Austin”

Windsor Park Neighborhood Association
Honorary Lifetime Membership

Communities in Schools / Central Texas
Appreciation for “empowering at-risk students through your leadership and advocacy”

Community Advancement Network
“…for her dedication and commitment to CAN and to the Austin Community”

City of Austin, Office of the Mayor
Distinguished Service Medal

 

2013

Austin Pets Alive
No-Kill Champion

Save Barton Spring Association
Kumbaya Award
…for efforts to resolve conflicts over Barton Springs Pool Master Plan

Austin Creative Alliance
Recognition
“…for her invaluable contributions to Austin’s Creative Community”

AVANCE-Austin
2013 Annual Luncheon Honoree
“…for her years of advocacy on behalf of families and youth and for her commitment to the belief that parent and early childhood education is the key to educational and life successes”

 

2012

Save Barton Spring Association
Imagine Austin without State Highway 45S Award

PODER
Cesar Chavez “Si Se Puede” Award
“…demonstrating leadership that is changing lives and transforming communities”

Barton Hills Neighborhood Association
Certificate of Appreciation “for contribution as outstanding “City Council Woman Extraordinaire and all around Best Neighbor Ever”

Workers Defense Project
Champion for Working Families

 

2010

Pride Parade
Grand Marshall

Heritage Society of Austin
Merit Award
“…for your leadership in obtaining City of Austin support for UT's Austin Historical Survey Web Tool, as well as your on-going championship of the benefits preservation brings to our City.”

Texans for Accountable Government
Peoples Champion
“…for her hard work ensuring Austinites’ privacy and civil liberties are adequately protected”

Liveable City
Special Recognition
“…for her ongoing commitment to the public voice at city hall”

NATOA (National Association of Telecommunications Officers and Advisors) Team Recognition
Government Programing Awards, First Place for Program Impact Award for BigGig Austin 2010
(Effort to bring Google Fiber to Austin)