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 an instructor on the faculty in a university OB/GYN department. As the administrator of the University Women’s Health Center, she was responsible for supervising over 50 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 15 organizations. She has led an executive search for the Amarillo Opera and Amarillo Symphony, and was interim executive director of the Amarillo Symphony for six months. She chaired the most recent search for the music director and conductor of the Amarillo Symphony and has been a member of the Volunteer Council of the League of American Orchestras.

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:

  • 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
  • Chair 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
  • West Texas A&M Foundation
  • Panhandle Twenty/20, positioning the future of Amarillo in education and out of poverty
  • Amarillo Club
  • Texas Cultural Trust
  • National Advisory Board of the Laura W. Bush Institute for Women’s Health

Her honors include:

  • 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
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