Louisa Benton

Executive Director


Louisa brings the skills of over 20 years in non-profit leadership, education, journalism and public relations to HDRF.  She has led the development efforts of several major non-profits including American Ballet Theatre, Theatre for a New Audience, and the American Associates of the Royal Academy Trust.  She has been a public relations executive and written for the Miami Herald, St. Peterburg Times, and the New York Times.  Immediately prior to HDRF, she was part of the team that built the non-profit Worldfund into the premier US-based NGO focused on education in Latin America.  She graduated from Harvard College with a Bachelor of Science cum laude in the double major of History and Science, and a Master of International Affairs from Columbia University.

Louisa’s life-long interest in the mind-brain connection began in high school, where she won top honors in Biology and spent a semester in a neuroendocrinology lab at Mass General Hospital.  During her senior year at Harvard, she wrote an original biography of the scientist Arturo Rosenblueth, whose research team at Harvard Medical School discovered the chemical transmission of nerve impulses. The thesis is now permanently stored in the Harvard Archives and has been cited in other scholarly works.