Laura Street

Former Executive Director, Laura W. Bush Institute for Women’s Health

Laura Street, immediate past executive director of the Laura W. Bush Institute for Women’s Health at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, has been a physical therapist, nurse practitioner, administrator, and executive director during her career. Her extensive experience in developing programs included finance, public relations, and marketing. In the healthcare field, Mrs. Street has been involved as a nurse practitioner, public speaker, teacher, researcher, and administrator. Mrs. Street also held a position as faculty instructor at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center Amarillo Department of OB/GYN. As the administrator of the University Women’s Health Center, she was responsible for supervising employees and six services. Since Texas Tech University is a nonprofit organization, she was involved in the rules and regulations inherent with such a position.

As founding executive director of the Globe-News Center for the Performing Arts, Mrs. Street developed the nonprofit organization, led a campaign to raise over $33 million, and supervised the construction of a state-of-the-art center for the performing arts. Her experience in this position included marketing, development, nonprofit management, visionary leadership, and consensus building. She has provided consultation for the development of the Laura W. Bush Institute for Women’s Health at Texas Tech University, organizational assessment for the Amarillo Area Foundation, and strategic planning for over 25 organizations. She has led an executive search for the Amarillo Opera, Amarillo Economic Development Corporation, Amarillo Symphony and was interim executive director of the Amarillo Symphony for six months. She has been a member of the Volunteer Council of the League of American Orchestras for three years.

She holds a master’s and bachelor’s degree in nursing from West Texas A&M University, including administration, research, and counseling, and has been a women’s health nurse practitioner. She also holds a bachelor’s degree in physical therapy from the University of Oklahoma. As a nurse practitioner, she was certified nationally in women’s health, ob/gyn, and endocrinology and infertility. She also holds a certificate in non-profit management from the University of Illinois at Chicago.

Community volunteer experience includes:

  • Chairman of Amarillo Economic Development Corporation Board of Directors
  • Chairman of Panhandle Behavioral Health Alliance
  • President of the Harrington Discovery Center Board
  • President of the Texas Association for Symphony Orchestras and the Amarillo Symphony Guild
  • President of Family Support Services
  • Chairman of the Amarillo Symphony Youth Orchestra
  • President of Amarillo Business & Professional Women
  • President of the Amarillo Opera Board
  • Chairman of the Board, Amarillo Chamber of Commerce
  • Treasurer of the Texas Perinatal Association Board
  • President of Window On the Wider World, integrating arts and culture into the schools
  • President of the West Texas A&M University Foundation Board
  • She has served on or worked with over 25 boards in capacity building for growth and development

Boards currently serving:

  • Amarillo Symphony Orchestra
  • Ascension Academy
  • Amarillo Economic Development Corporation
  • Amarillo College Badger Campaign Board
  • Amarillo City Diversity Board
  • Meadows Mental Health Policy Institute
  • National Advisory Board of the Laura W. Bush Institute for Women’s Health
  • Panhandle Behavioral Health Alliance

Her honors include:

  • Girl Scouts Woman of Distinction 2019
  • West Texas A&M University Distinguished Alumnus 2019
  • Amarillo Symphony Beethoven Society Volunteer Award, 2013
  • Women’s Forum Amarillo Area Distinguished Service Award, 2010
  • Chamber Arts Committee Golden Nail Award for Volunteer of the Year, 1998 and 2009
  • Volunteer of the Year of the Don Harrington Discovery Center
  • Amarillo Women’s Network Second Mile Award
  • Texans Caring For Texans Outstanding Employee Award
  • 2007 Outstanding Service Award from Texas Perinatal Association
  • Amarillo Business & Professional Women’s Award, 2000 and 2006 Texas Women To Watch
  • 2006 Amarillo Globe-News Woman of the Year
Laura Street Headshot