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La-Verna Fountain

Lecturer; President and Founder, Meaningful Communications Matters

La-Verna Fountain is the President and Founder of Meaningful Communications Matters, a consulting and training firm specializing in helping individuals and corporations develop compassionate, empowering and supportive internal and external communication strategies for the betterment of self and the larger community.  Prior to starting her company, she served as the Vice President for Strategic Communications and Construction Business Initiatives as Columbia University.  There, she led the internal and external communications for the University’s largest administrative office, a 2,000- person department. She also administered the University’s programs and products designed to enhance minority and women owned business.  La-Verna has served on numerous boards and received local, state and national awards for her work n communications, community and business development. She has served as an instructor in the Negotiations and Conflict Resolution Master’s Program at Columbia University and conducts trainings and provides keynote addresses throughout the country.  She has written numerous books and articles on a wide range of topic and provides a monthly column in the Harlem Community News. 

La-Verna has a Master’s Degree from Columbia in Negotiation and Conflict Resolution and a Bachelor’s Degree from Penn State University in Public Policy.

Key Projects:  For 12 years served as a core member of the communication team for Columbia University’s Manhattanville Campus Development, led the communications efforts for the University’s Campbell Sports Center and designed the communication, education and outreach project for construction and business partnerships with the University.

Research or Teaching Interests: communication and community engagement; conflict resolution

La-Verna teaches Construction, Communication, & the Community.


  • M.S., Columbia University
  • B.S., Penn State University