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League of Women Voters of NYS
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Albany, NY 12207
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Laura Ladd Bierman
Executive Director
Laura joined the State League staff as Executive Director in July 2008. She has been a member of the League for 30 years, with membership in 4 different local leagues in 3 states. She has served in a number of positions in local leagues, including study chair, editor of the newsletter, board member, Vice President and President.

Laura has a BA in political science from Colgate University and a Masters Degree in public administration from the University of Virginia. She spent much of her early professional career in the area of health care planning. From 1998-2008, she maintained a home business providing financial and consulting services to a national membership organization.

Laura has taken her league experience and training to practical use, serving for over 8 years as a member, and 2 years as Vice President, of a school board in Glenview, IL. She was also elected in 2008 and served until 2013 as a member of the school board for the Bethlehem Central School District in Delmar, NY. 

Jennifer WilsonJennifer Wilson
Director of Program and Policy
Jennifer Wilson is the Program and Policy Director for the League of Women Voters of New York State. She serves as their in-house lobbyist and policy advisor.

Before coming to the League she worked as Deputy Regional Director for the Albany office of Senator Charles Schumer. In 2017 she was recognized in City and State’s 40 Under 40 Rising Stars in Albany. Jennifer has a Masters of Public Administration from the Rockefeller School of Public Affairs and Policy, with a specialization in Public Management and Policy Analytics. She received her Bachelors of Arts in Political Science and Business from City University of New York where she graduated magna cum laude.

Lisa AllendorphLisa Allendorph
Finance Administrator



Celeste SteinkeCeleste Steinke
Communication and Development Coordinator

Celeste has always been drawn to advocacy and change since her first personal protest against plaid jumpers in Catholic school.

Having graduated with a B.A. in Political Science and Psychology from SUNY Albany and a passion for public service- She found her professional path within the nonprofit community. When asked why she wanted to work for LWVNYS, she said: “I believe in the democratic process because it works if people use it correctly. They need access and education to have their vote heard and League of Women Voters New York State has always been there to provide the tools necessary to further the voice of the people.” When she isn’t working to further a cause, you can find Celeste making a big cup of coffee so she can keep up with her husband, Tom and their four children.

Cyndi JacobsonCyndi Jacobson
Office and Local League Coordinator

Cyndi Jacobson is a recent graduate from the Rockefeller College of Public Policy and Political Science at the University at Albany. Her concentrations in her undergraduate career involved politics, law and civil rights, and environmental sciences.

She is a passionate supporter of women’s and LGBT rights, as well as environmental justice. She recently completed a session at the State Assembly in the office of Assemblyman Al Stirpe, Jr. and is working hard to remain engaged with legislative issues and public policy creation.