Laurel Rodewald serves as the Director of Programs for the Elizabeth Dole Foundation, where she oversees several initiatives, including the Dole Caregiver Fellows program, the Impact Forum, the Foundation’s Annual National Convening, the Hidden Heroes Fund, and the Hidden Heroes Caregiver Community. She also heads up the Foundation’s Military and Veteran Caregiver Journey Map project, a collaboration with Philips and the Department of Veterans Affairs, which seeks to define the major milestones and decisions caregivers faces, thus creating a fuller picture of the caregiver continuum. Laurel also covers caregiver legislation and policy for the Foundation, focusing on the expansion of caregiver programs on a national, state, and local level.
Laurel came to the Washington DC area from Southern California, where she graduated cum laude in 2015 from Pepperdine University, with a degree in International Studies. A member of a multi-generational military family herself, Laurel’s grandmother serves as a veteran caregiver to Laurel’s grandfather, who served in the Navy in World War II.