Laura Gaines
Immediate Past President, Awards Chair

Creative Director/Brand Strategist


Laura Gaines is a freelance creative director/art director and improv enthusiast, a student of life, and a graduate of UNC Chapel Hill and the Creative Circus. Before landing in Asheville, she worked on national and regional accounts for McKinney, Fitzgerald, DDB Chicago, and Wray Ward. Some of her accolades include: Art Directors Club Silver Hybrid, Addy, Gold Effie, and Bronze Cannes Lion. In high school, she was also awarded "Most Likely to Remake the Sound of Music." 

Having art directed on accounts such as Anheuser Busch, Capital One, State Farm, and LensCrafters, Laura now finds the most joy in helping local brands to grow and prosper. 

Laura is honored to serve on the board and believes that in nurturing optimism in others, we do so for ourselves.