Guerline L. Laurore (she, her, hers) serves as the Director of Mediation and Policy and Intergovernmental Affairs for the PA Human Relations Commission. In this role, Laurore has led a team of two mediators to successfully settle more than $3.4 million in awards for aggrieved citizens of the Commonwealth. She serves on the Health Equity Response Team and the PA Department of Education Task Force on Diversity, Equity, and Belonging Task Force.
During her time at PHRC, Laurore received the 2021 PHRC Executive Director Excellence Award and PHRC 2021 Best Social Justice Team Award for her work leading the Mediation Division and a 2022 award co-chairing a groundbreaking two-day School to Prison Pipeline Committee Conference. In addition, she received the 2021 Trailblazer in Public Policy Award by the National Coalition of 100 Black Women, Harrisburg Chapter. Laurore maintained a prominent immigration law practice for over ten years before joining the Commonwealth as PHRC Director of Policy and Intergovernmental Affairs. In addition, she taught as an adjunct faculty at several colleges and universities in Psychology and Law.
Laurore earned a bachelor’s degree (Licence) in Psychology in 1995 and a master’ Degree (Maitrise) in Clinical Psychology and Psychopathology in 1996, both from the University of Provence Center of Aix, one of only five universities in the nation connected with the Centre National de Recherche Scientifique. In 2004, she received a Juris Doctor Degree from Widener University School of Law in Wilmington, Delaware. In 2022, Laurore earned a Master in Public Administration from the University of Pennsylvania Fels Institute of Government, summa cum laude. While at Penn, she served as the Graduate and Professional Student Assembly Director of Equity and Access and received the 2022 Fels Institutional Service Award for outstanding dedication to the Fels community and the University of Pennsylvania.
Laurore is licensed to practice law before the United States Supreme Court and several other courts. She is fluent in English, French, Haitian Creole, Portuguese, and Spanish. Laurore humbly serves as the treasurer for the First Haitian Christian Assembly of Harrisburg and the America250 Advisory Committee. President Biden appointed her to serve on the PA State Advisory Committee to the United States Commission on Civil Rights, sits on the board of the World Affairs Council of Harrisburg, is past President of NAACP Wilkes-Barre, and has served on several community organizations throughout the Commonwealth including the Governor’s Advisory Commission on African American Affairs. She is the 2011 recipient of the Pennsylvania Young Lawyers Division Michael K. Smith Excellence in Service Award. Ms. Laurore was selected as a Pennsylvania Bar Association Minority Bar Committee, Rising Star. She was named one of Lulac Political Letter’s 2018 Women We Love. She lives with her partner and children in Central Pennsylvania
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