Krista Laursen

Contributing Faculty
College of Management and Human Potential
Doctor of Business Administration (DBA)

Krista Laursen is a contributing faculty member in the Doctor of Business Administration (DBA) program in the College of Management and Technology. She joined Walden in 2016 and received her DBA degree from the university in 2013. Dr. Laursen received the 2014 Walden University Frank Dilley Award for Outstanding Doctoral Study for her work “Leadership Strategies and Initiatives for Combating Medicaid Fraud and Abuse.” In 2020, she received the Rita Turner Award for serving as Committee Chair for the Frank Dilley Award-winning DBA student Dr. Carolyn Mack. Prior to joining the Walden faculty, Dr. Laursen spent over two decades working as a senior project manager and executive for various organizations in the nonprofit research and higher education sectors. She holds certification as a Project Management Professional (PMP) and Certified ScrumMaster (CSM), has previously designed and taught project management training courses, and has served on numerous federal agency project review and advisory panels. In addition to her work as a research mentor and instructor for Walden, Dr. Laursen is Senior Project Manager at a nonprofit scientific research organization and is the founder and principal of a project management consulting firm that specializes in guiding individuals and organizations in the design and implementation of effective project management plans and processes.

Courses Taught

DDBA 8101 - Doctoral Study Mentoring

DDBA 9000 - Doctoral Study Completion

DDBA 8570 - Seminar in Program and Portfolio Management


DBA, Walden University

MS, University of Washington

BS, University of Oregon

Public Service

Broomfield FISH, Volunteer - Broomfield

Legacy High School Counseling Advisory Council, Member - Broomfield

Awards / Honors

Frank Dilley Award for Outstanding Doctoral Study, Walden University, 2014

Outstanding Accomplishment Award for Administrative Achievement, University Corporation for Atmospheric Research (UCAR), 2013

Green Enterprise IT Award for Facility Design Implementation, Uptime Institute, 2013

Special Award for Exemplary Management of the Acquisition and Modification of a Mid-size Jet to Make Transformative Atmospheric Measurements, American Meteorological Society (AMS), 2007


Laursen, K. K. (2015). A Career Based on Problem Solving: From Physics to Project Management. University of Wyoming