The Hawn Foundation in the US

Laurie Coots — CEO /

Laurie’s expertise is in the growth and scaling of global brands, having worked on brands like Apple and Energizer for over 30 years. At the Hawn Foundation, Laurie is tasked with the overall leadership of the organization, including the development and implementation of the strategic plan, partnerships and alliances, curriculum development, quality control and the adaptation of the MindUP™ framework to new institutions and audiences.


Victoria Gonzalez — Director of School and Community Engagement

Victoria Gonzalez is the institutional memory of the team having over a 5 year tenure. A communications graduate, Victoria has a wealth of not-for-profit experience in marketing, partnerships, development and events. Victoria currently serves as the Director of Community & School Engagement and is tasked with developing our relationships in schools, districts and communities ensuring that every implementation is a success for all.


CathyCathy James, Director of Development

We like to say that Cathy has never met a stranger. Cathy has amazing and collaborative relationships all over the world. A graduate of USC, and 25 years at the SVP at EIF, she is serves as our Director of Development. She is tasked with the strategic development of a sustainable funding model for the foundation including corporate sponsorships and partnerships.

Sara Uhlig — Communications

Sara Uhlig is a Master of Arts graduate from The Savannah College of Art and Design, holding both an M.A. in Arts Administration and a B.F.A. in Dramatic Writing. Since 2013 she has assisted with programming and development within a number of organizations in the eastern United States; including the SCAD Museum of Art, 13th Street Repertory Theater, and New York Theatre Intensives. Sara has been a part of the THF team since 2015.


The Hawn Foundation in the UK

Julia Organ — Director of Education & Training

Julia is a graduate of Psychology from The University of London and a qualified teacher. With over 25 years experience working in education, including roles in headship, school improvement and initial teacher training, Julia brings a wealth of expertise to leading the UK arm of The Hawn Foundation. Julia is tasked with developing and implementing the UK strategic plan, curriculum development, teacher training and monitoring the quality and fidelity of the implementation of MindUP in schools.

Emily Phillips — Program Director


Emily Phillips is a graduate of Classics and Philosophy from The University of Leeds. Emily has previously worked for volunteer-led trusts and has a keen interest in charity work, teaching and fundraising. Having obtained her degree in 2016, Emily then travelled to India as a volunteer, on behalf of the British Council, teaching English to children across a wide range of ages. As Programme Manager for The Hawn Foundation UK, Emily assists with co-ordinating MindUP™ training and events and working relationships with schools. She is in charge of managing all office operations and administration, and managing our social media.

UK Offices

1 Fore Street
London EC2Y 9DT
+44 (0) 20 8004 1305