Vice Mayor Laura Dent

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Current Size: 80%

Current term: 2021-2024

Laura Dent

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  • Born in Jacksonville, Florida
  • Raised in Montgomery, Alabama
  • Enjoys traveling, languages, music, camping and puzzles.



  • BA Cum Laude Harvard University, Slavic Languages and Literatures



  • Adjunct Professor at James Madison University
  • Freelance Technical Writer


Civic Involvement/Other Boards and Commissions

  • Harrisonburg Democratic Committee member
  • Volunteer for various campaigns and causes
  • Founding Team of the Friendly City Food Co-op 2006-2011
  • Featured Entrepreneur, Shenandoah Valley Innovation Coalition
  • Shenandoah Valley Technology Council attendee
  • Valley TechCon attendee
  • Former Keister Precinct Captain, Harrisonburg Democratic Committee
  • Council Representative, Central Shenandoah Planning Commission 
  • Council Representative, Build Our Park (formerly Plan Our Park) Committee
  • Council Representative, Planning Commission 
  • Council Representative, Metropolitan Planning Organization 
  • Council Representative, Finance Committee
  • Council Representative, Environmental Performance Standards Advisory Committee
  • Council Representative, Community Criminal Justice Board


Favorite thing about Harrisonburg

"It’s a just-right size city: Big enough to have the resources and opportunities to thrive, and small enough that it’s genuinely the Friendly City.”