Laura Chuckray is the senior coordinator for human rights and democracy for the McCain Institute for International Leadership at Arizona State University. She first joined the McCain Institute as part of the communications team.

Previously, Chuckray was on the marketing team of the Newseum, a museum in Washington, dedicated to promoting and defending the First Amendment. Prior to this, she worked at the Halifax International Security Forum, a nonprofit in Washington, which organizes a signature conference each year in Halifax, Nova Scotia.

Born and raised in Dallas, Texas, Chuckray graduated with a degree in political science from Davidson College in North Carolina.