Secret Agent L, whose real identity is that of Laura Miller Donaldson, goes all over Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and leaves little acts of kindness and day-brightening for an unsuspecting person to find. The SAL Project has blossomed into an international phenomenon of anonymous acts of kindness, with over 2,000 Affiliated Agents sharing in the fun and selflessness all over the world. Some of the countries that have participated in the project include Japan, Germany, Canada, Denmark, the Netherlands, and Australia.
Laura, 36, is currently an administrative assistant at Duquesne University in Pittsburgh and holds a bachelor’s degree in English and Theatre and a master’s degree in English Literature (with an emphasis on 18th-Century British drama and actresses) from the same institution. She also models and acts professionally and has been working in the industry for over thirteen years, filming various commercials, industrial films, and recording voice overs. Laura is also actively involved in promoting mental health awareness and works closely with the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) of Southwestern PA, on whose Board of Directors she currently serves.
Laura remained anonymous until July 2010, when she revealed her identity at a charity fundraiser for NAMI, which was attended by over 200 people and raised over $1,500. By putting a face to the project, she hopes to increase even more awareness around the importance of kindness and its increasingly powerful–and healing–effects on the world.
“This project is the greatest honor of my life,” she says. “Every mission touches my heart, whether it’s one I complete or one my Affiliated Agents complete. I feel so incredibly blessed to be the facilitator of this international kindness movement. I truly believe this is my life’s work.”