Laurel was born and raised in the heart of San Francisco. She grew up traveling and hiking with her family and attended Jewish summer camp. For college, she went to UC Santa Cruz where she continued to spend a lot of time outside as a member of the kayak club and student environmental club, while also working at Hillel. Receiving her B.A. in environmental studies, Laurel spent a summer as a part of a National Science Foundation research team in Peru studying the impact of climate change. Today, Laurel lives near the beach in Venice, California, and is the executive director of the Los Angeles Regional Collaborative for Climate Action and Sustainability (LARC), which is housed at the UCLA Institute of the Environment and Sustainability. LARC is a network of key decision-makers ensuring a sustainable region prepared for the impacts of climate change. Laurel has traveled to Israel several times throughout her life including to collaborate with Israel’s Ministry of the Environment through the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change. Prior to joining LARC, Hunt served as the director of the Mediterranean City Climate Change Consortium (MC-4), a city-based network of over 100 international partners. She also has experience with the nonprofit sector in Los Angeles and both the U.S. House of Representatives and the Center for American Progress in Washington, D.C. Laurel received her graduate degree in urban and regional planning from UCLA.