Laura Cook
Vice President of Operations
lauracook@jatconsulting.net

Laura has over twenty years of program management and administration experience working within municipal and county governments and with architectural and engineering firms.

Ms. Cook possesses extensive expertise in construction administration, including contract processing and compliance, and payout tracking and report preparation. Her expertise encompasses a wide range of accounting functions, including invoice compliance processing, billing, change orders, pay requests, and pay estimates. She is highly skilled in managing administrative personnel and processes. Bringing an in-depth knowledge of governmental office structures to municipal service projects, Ms. Cook was integral to the start up and ongoing success of the City of Dunwoody. 


Experience

 

Finance Officer
Renew Atlanta Bond Program
City of Atlanta

Providing financial management services to the City of Atlanta’s $250 million bond program to resolve urgent infrastructure issues and ensure proper information and transparency to city officials, project managers, and citizens. Responsible for maintaining, monitoring, tracking, and cost allocation for budgets, commitments, and expenditures related to construction contracts, consultants, and soft costs. Coordinated with City of Atlanta (COA) finance and HR departments to successfully transfer salary soft costs from HR module to PNG module. Coordinated with HR to complete Renew Atlanta Bond personnel papers. Working closely with COA in transition of OEAM and DPW staff to Renew Atlanta Bond Program. Performs program and project reporting, invoice auditing and compliance, and contract administration, including processing contracts, task orders, change orders/amendments, and requisitions. Establishing program policies and procedures for payment processing, requisitions, purchase orders, contracts, and change orders

Interim Invoice Compliance Manager
Atlanta Aviation Associates (A3)
Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport
Capital Progra

Directly supervised all functions performed by Invoice Compliance Group, including review and processing of invoices and the review of WAR/Task Orders.  Standardizes preparation-processing recommendations. Coordinated and modified functional operations to ensure compliance with and support of all client (DOA) requirements. Prepared management reports on status of various program initiatives and projects. Collected and provided invoice data to various program activities for development of financial controls and reporting. Served as liaison with client and their service providers for resolution of issues.

Invoice Compliance Manager
International Aviation Consultants, LLC
Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport Development Program

Responsible for contract compliance and documentation of consultant and contractor invoices for $6.4 billion capital improvement project. Monitored invoice routing, ensuring that project, administrative, and program managers met intermediate established invoice processing schedules. Tracked and validated invoices/fund ability in Development Program MIS and City of Atlanta MARS/G financial system. Reconciled City of Atlanta MARS/G financial system purchase order line balances with Invoice Audit and Compliance project balances. Also served as contract administration liaison to City of Atlanta’s Department of Aviation.

Contract Administrator
Atlanta Services Group
Joint Venture
City of Atlanta Department of Watershed Management 

Responsible for invoice preparation for all joint venture firms and subconsultants. Duties included consolidating/validating time and expenses, compilation of invoices, project cost tracking, and check production and disbursement. Provided monthly project summary reports for all payments issued to joint venture firms and sub-consultants. In charge of EBO tracking and reports.

Project Manager
Jacobs Project Management Company
Cobb County, Georgia

Responsible for providing ongoing assessments and recommendations of current processes in order to develop written Standard Operating Procedures.  Assisted with development and implementation of a time tracking process.  Duties include the preparation of prime invoice to client, consolidating/ validating time and expenses, compilation of invoices, reporting costs, and EBO reporting

Project Manager
City of Dunwoody, Georgia
Privatized Services

Provided oversight on all prime contract responsibilities. Responsible for key initiatives that resulted in newly formed City of Dunwoody being quickest new municipality start-up on record. Performed office manager duties for city’s temporary offices, municipal court, and permanent offices. Coordinated relocation and set up of permanent offices. Processed all business license renewals and began revenue receipt. Served as Acting City Clerk and temporary Assistant to Clerk of Courts, expediting clerical and financial operations.

Program Consultant 
City of Atlanta Department of Watershed Management
Small Business Development Program

Provided support services to Small Business Development Program in helping small, minority, and female businesses compete successfully for work on Atlanta’s Wastewater System Improvement Program. Assisted in outreach and assessments of eligible firms and provides individual guidance to participants in operations management.

Client Support Accounting Contract Administrator 
JAT Consulting Services, Inc.

Provided ongoing accounting and financial management support and key monthly accounting services to various JAT clients. Prepared financial statements and produces project financial analyses. Monthly accounting services included review of contracts; invoice preparation and reconciliation; accounts payable and receivable support; payroll administration; expense tracking; and bank statement and general ledger reconciliation.


Education

DeKalb Community College


Computer Skills

Microsoft Office Suite
Expedition
MARS/G