Laura Phillips Edgecombe (moderator) is the Director of Development & Strategic Partnerships for Build Up Downtown (BUD), a privately funded nonprofit that facilitates and advocates for preservation, smart development and great public spaces in Downtown Jacksonville through communicating, connecting and informing current and future businesses and stakeholders. She also currently serves as Co-Chair of Mayor Deegan’s Infrastructure Transition Committee’s Parks and Recreation Subcommittee.
With a degree from The University of Florida, her career in community development, event production and fundraising spans over a decade. As a creative and versatile leader, her success is directly attributable to her ability to conceptualize the “big picture.” She brings a wide range of professional and community experience, and takes pride in delivering the intended results to the satisfaction of all stakeholders.
The Jacksonville business community is a very important focus for Laura, and she serves as a JAX Chamber Downtown Council Board Member and as the organization’s Speaker Programming & Engagement Liaison. Laura is in the Leadership Jacksonville Class of 2024, a JAX Chamber Hightower Emerging Leaders Fellow Class V (2021), a member of the Jacksonville Women’s Network, an Urban Land Institute UrbanPlan Facilitator and a UNF Taylor Institute of Leadership Mentor. Laura is also an active and engaged member of NEFBA, ULI and Gator Bowl Sports.
A third generation Jaxson, the community overall is an equally important priority. Laura donates her time and expertise to local organizations such as Riverfront Parks Now, James Weldon Johnson Park, Painting of the Pawprints, United Way of Northeast Florida, Historic Stanton, The Jacksonville Zoo & Gardens, The Florida Theatre, The American Cancer Society, UF Health, READ USA, Inc.,The Cultural Council of Greater Jacksonville, Pink Ribbon Jax and Downtown Vision, Inc. She has an equally community-active husband and a sixteen-year-old son, both her biggest cheerleaders and foundation of support.