Laura Silber directs strategic communications and public affairs at the Open Society Foundations. She oversees the Foundations’ public identity, including media outreach, online strategy and publications. She teaches communications as an adjunct professor at Columbia University School of International and Public Affairs.
Prior to joining the Foundations in 2000, Silber was a reporter on foreign affairs. As the Balkans correspondent for the Financial Times from 1990 to 1997, she covered Yugoslavia’s violent disintegration.
She is the coauthor of the critically acclaimed Death of Yugoslavia, selected for the New York Times notable book list, and consulted on the award-winning television documentary series. She has contributed to a wide range of publications, including the New York Times, Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, The New Republic, and the New York Review of Books. Silber was a Fulbright scholar, received an MA from the Columbia University School of International and Public Affairs, and graduated from Carleton College.