In 1985 Laura Sher co-founded Working Assets, a wireless, long-distance and credit card company that donates part of its revenues to progressive organizations working for peace, human rights, economic justice, education and environment. Since its founding the company has channel nearly $20 million to organizations such as Greenpeace, Oxfam America, Amnesty International, Planned Parenthood, and the Children's Defense Fund. In 1997 Sher was named Entrepreneur of the Year in Northern California.
Laura Scher was an undergraduate at Yale University, where she was active in the movement for divestment in South Africa, and spent a year at the Institute for International Studies in Geneva. After working for Bain and Co, Sher graduated the Harvard Business School (1985) as a Baker Scholar.