More About Laura

Coldwell Banker International President’s Premier- Representing the Top 1% of Coldwell Banker Agents Worldwide

Top 100 Coldwell Banker Bay Area Award



Representing Buyer and Sellers in the East Bay specializing in Orinda, Moraga and Lafayette. Fabulous references available on “What Laura’s Clients Say” page.


As a 12-year elected member of the Orinda City Council, Laura’s role was instrumental in setting policy on a City Council that served as the primary decision making body for this community of 17,000 residents with an annual operating and capital improvement budget of 11 million dollars. Her responsibilities included:


Orinda Mayor 1999, 2003


Orinda City Council 1994-2006

Central Contra Costa Solid Waste Authority Chair 2005-2006

CCCSWA Board Member 1995-2006


Contra Costa Mayors Conference Representative ABAG Hazardous Waste

Facility Committee 2003-20006   Vice Chair 2004-2006

Orinda Liaison East Bay Mud

Orinda Liaison East Bay Regional Parks

Orinda Representative Caldecott Tunnel Study Committee

Orinda Public Works Aesthetic Review Committee 1995-2006

New Orinda Library Sub Committee

Wilder Art and Garden Sub-Committee

Orinda City Hall Building Sub-Committee

Orinda Farmers Market Sub-Committee

Downtown Revitalization Sub-Committee


Prior work history:

Small Business Consultant

Laura Abrams Business Development and Marketing Services, Orinda, CA

Laura formally operated as a business consultant specializing in business development and expansion. Clients included “Antiques by the Bay,” a monthly antique fair held at the former Naval Air Station at Alameda under a leasing agreement with the Alameda Reuse and Redevelopment Agency and the City of Alameda.


Co-Director: Friends of the Orinda Theater, Orinda, CA

Led the 9-year effort to preserve and restore the Orinda Theatre, a historic structure, determined eligible for a listing in the National Register of Historic Places. Received an Outstanding Service Award from The City of Orinda, a resolution of Congratulations from the Contra Costa County Board of Supervisors, and along with her fellow directors, the Volunteer of the Year award from the Orinda Association.


Parent Board: PALS Magnet School, Walnut Creek, CA

Serviced four years as a founding member of the Walnut Creek District’s magnet school, Parkmead Active Learning School. PALS was recently honored with The Distinguished School Award.


Additional Experience:

Operations Manger/Director, Cookies and Milk Inc., Berkeley, CA

General Manager, Students of Berkeley Inc., Berkeley, CA

Assistant Manager, Crate and Barrel, Chicago, Illinois



MBA, Golden Gate University

1980 Major Emphasis: Marketing and Finance

BS, Illinois State University, Normal Illinois

1971 Double Comprehensive Major art/education

Illinois Teaching Credential, grades K-12

California Emergency Credential, grades 1-8


Community Involvement and Awards:

Board Member Lafayette Film and Entertainment Foundation 2006

Orinda Park Pool Renovation Committee

Co-Director Friends of the Orinda Theatre 1982-1994, 2006

1989 Volunteer of the Year Award Friends of the Orinda Theatre

1989 Resolution County Board of Supervisors For The Orinda Theatre Preservation and Restoration.