Laura Abrams
CalBRE # 01272382

Laura Abrams

Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage
5 Moraga Way
Orinda, CA 945633017

Offering 18 years of experience in representing buyers and sellers in the East Bay Area in residential real estate, specializing in Lamorinda properties.  I approach real estate in the same manner in which I served as an elected official for the citizens of Orinda for 12 years, with the highest level of integrity and service. 

I have associated myself with Coldwell Banker due to the strong level of performance required of the agents affiliated with the organization. Coldwell Banker provides its agents with both professional marketing materials and internet advantages that are unique to our organization. Our in-house legal team provides annual legal updates and occasional legal reviews, as needed to provide our clients with the most up-to-date disclosures that are required by state law and suggested to safeguard our clients during any transaction. 

I am a skilled negotiator building on my background credentials of both my MBA degree and my years of public service requiring me to achieve a balance between competing interests in land use appeals as a city council member and former Mayor of Orinda. 



 Coldwell Banker International President's Circle Award

Top 100 Coldwell Banker Bay Area Award

#1 Individual Agent Coldwell Banker Orinda 2010


Representing Buyer and Sellers in the East Bay specializing in Orinda, Moraga and Lafayette. Fabulous references available on request!


As a 12-year elected member of the Orinda City Council, Laura's role was instrumental in setting policy on a City Council that served as the primary decision making body for this community of 17,000 residents with an annual operating and capital improvement budget of 11 million dollars. Her responsibilities included:  


Orinda Mayor 1999, 2003


Orinda City Council 1994-2006 

Central Contra Costa Solid Waste Authority Chair 2005-2006 

CCCSWA Board Member 1995-2006 


Contra Costa Mayors Conference Representative ABAG Hazardous Waste  

Facility Committee 2003-20006   Vice Chair 2004-2006

Orinda Liaison East Bay Mud

Orinda Liaison East Bay Regional Parks

Orinda Representative Caldecott Tunnel Study Committee

Orinda Public Works Aesthetic Review Committee 1995-2006

New Orinda Library Sub Committee

Wilder Art and Garden Sub-Committee

Orinda City Hall Building Sub-Committee

Orinda Farmers Market Sub-Committee

Downtown Revitalization Sub-Committee


Prior work history:

Small Business Consultant

Laura Abrams Business Development and Marketing Services, Orinda, CA

Laura formally operated as a business consultant specializing in business development and expansion. Clients included "Antiques by the Bay," a monthly antique fair held at the former Naval Air Station at Alameda under a leasing agreement with the Alameda Reuse and Redevelopment Agency and the City of Alameda.


Co-Director: Friends of the Orinda Theater, Orinda, CA

Led the 9-year effort to preserve and restore the Orinda Theatre, a historic structure, determined eligible for a listing in the National Register of Historic Places. Received an Outstanding Service Award from The City of Orinda, a resolution of Congratulations from the Contra Costa County Board of Supervisors, and along with her fellow directors, the Volunteer of the Year award from the Orinda Association.


Parent Board: PALS Magnet School, Walnut Creek, CA

Serviced four years as a founding member of the Walnut Creek District's magnet school, Parkmead Active Learning School. PALS was recently honored with The Distinguished School Award.


Additional Experience:

Operations Manger/Director, Cookies and Milk Inc., Berkeley, CA

General Manager, Students of Berkeley Inc., Berkeley, CA

Assistant Manager, Crate and Barrel, Chicago, Illinois



MBA, Golden Gate University

1980 Major Emphasis: Marketing and Finance

BS, Illinois State University, Normal Illinois

1971 Double Comprehensive Major art/education

Illinois Teaching Credential, grades K-12

California Emergency Credential, grades 1-8


Community Involvement and Awards:

Board Member Lafayette Film and Entertainment Foundation 2006-Present

Orinda Park Pool Renovation Committee

Co-Director Friends of the Orinda Theatre 1982-1994, 2006-Present

1989 Volunteer of the Year Award Friends of the Orinda Theatre

1989 Resolution County Board of Supervisors For The Orinda Theatre Preservation and Restoration.