An IU Indianapolis employee since 2005, Laura Klaum is the marketing and communications director for the School of Health & Human Sciences. Previously, Klaum served as the school's communications director, director of external affairs and special projects, and director of development and external affairs. She also taught nonprofit events management for three years as an adjunct faculty member in the tourism, event, and sport management department.
Previous roles include assistant director of the Sigma Theta Tau International Foundation for Nursing and Kiwanis International’s program development and youth funds manager. She also worked for a short time in business development and marketing within the for-profit sector.
Klaum was the school's 2021 employee of the year and the IU Indianapolis 2018 runner-up student employment supervisor of the year. She was inducted into Nu Lambda Mu, the Nonprofit Academic Centers Council honor society in 2014. She received the Association of Fundraising Professional’s chapter president's award in 2012 and 2008 for leadership in planning statewide association events and managing association awards.
Klaum completed the university's Institute for Supervisory Excellence in 2017. She received a graduate certificate in nonprofit management from Indiana University's O'Neill School of Public and Environmental Affairs in 2014. Her M.A. degree in philanthropic studies was awarded in 2015 from the Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy, and her liberal arts B.A. degree (English major/Spanish minor) was granted in 1989 from Purdue University. Klaum received a certificate in fundraising management from The Fund Raising School at Indiana University in 2000.