Laura Bay was elected and installed as the National PTA President-elect at the June 2013 National PTA Convention. Prior to her election, she served a two-year term as Secretary-Treasurer and served on the National PTA Board of Directors and on the finance and field service committees. In 2007–2009, she also served on the organizational viability committee for National PTA. Bay is a passionate advocate for education and children’s issues and believes that PTA is the organization which actively supports and promotes parent, teacher and community involvement in child and education issues.
Ever since entering a kindergarten classroom with her oldest son more than 20 years ago, Bay’s dedication to PTA has become a passion. Bay was involved in local unit, council and regional PTA activities for many years and served in a variety of PTA positions—from committee member/chair to president. She was also an active parent at each school building and at the district level—serving as a parent voice at staff meetings and on budget committees.
Bay believes that the power of this association is found in the passionate and diverse volunteers who share a common desire to reach out and engage parents, support their community in voicing their needs concerning education and health and safety issues and grow as leaders prepared to advocate anywhere, at any time.
As the Washington State PTA president in 2007–2009, Bay focused on developing leadership potential at all levels of PTA and facilitated the search and hiring of a new executive director. Also, during her tenure as president she led the Washington State PTA in collaborating with other organizations in the successful passage of Engrossed House Joint Resolution (EHJR) 4204—Simple Majority Initiative. She also provided testimony before state senate and house committees, led a rally on the capitol steps and dedicated her time and energy in a statewide PTA campaign which led to the signing of HB 2261 (Basic Education Funding) with fellow education stake-holder organizations.
Prior to serving as state president, Bay served on the Washington State PTA Board of Directors for six years as region director, secretary and leadership director.
Bay and her husband Robert Bay have three adult children—Andrew, Matthew and Celeste. She has worked for the Bremerton School District as an educator and currently works in the district office as a coordinator for assessment and instruction. Bay and her husband make their home in Poulsbo, Washington where they enjoy time with family and friends.