Laura Schoen Carbonneau leads the Prairie Family Business Association as executive director since June 2018. She brings experience leading and strengthening membership based organizations.
Prior to this position, she served as the CEO of the Pierre Area Chamber of Commerce in Pierre, SD for nearly 12 years. Her experience with public relations, communication, leadership development and marketing helped make Pierre a city in which businesses thrive and the spirit of community is alive and well.
Additional work experience includes positions as the Executive Director of the South Dakota Republican Party, Director of the Watertown Convention & Visitors Bureau and a reporter and anchor at KEVN TV in Rapid City and KSFY TV in Sioux Falls.
Laura graduated from the University of South Dakota with a BA in Mass Communications. She received her IOM from the US Chamber of Commerce in June of 2010, was selected as part of the Leadership South Dakota class of 2016 and has volunteered in Junior Achievement and her children’s activities for a number of years.
Laura and her family live in Brandon, SD.