Laura Stevens has been the Executive Vice President and General Counsel for Cengage since 2018. In this role she is responsible for providing legal support for Cengage's business operations, corporate governance, compliance and litigation. Laura and her team provide legal advice, contract negotiation support, dispute management and legal operational support for Cengage's content licensing and acquisition activities. Under her leadership, the realigned Legal team has tackled longstanding challenges of the publishing industry, which enabled the launch of Cengage Unlimited, the industry's first all-access subscription service, and helped propel the company’s rapid print-to-digital transformation. In addition, Laura founded the Cengage Privacy Office to promote industry-leading privacy standards for the responsible use of student data. Playing an essential role at Cengage since 2003, she joined Thomson Learning, now Cengage, as Publishing Counsel before moving on to the positions of Assistant General Counsel, Intellectual Property and Senior Vice President, Deputy General Counsel before her appointment to General Counsel in 2018.
Laura also serves as the executive sponsor for inclusion and diversity efforts at Cengage.
Prior to joining Thomson Learning, Laura was an attorney at Brown Raysman in New York City. She holds a J.D. from Columbia Law School and a B.A. in Political Science and Art History from the University of Rochester. She is based out of Boston, Massachusetts.