LISC Houston announced in June that Laura Jaramillo would be stepping into the executive director role after serving as interim executive director since the fall of 2021.
Laura has been a long-time partner of LISC, having served on the local advisory committee since 2003, including a term as Chair from 2012 to 2015. LISC says they are thrilled to be working with her in this new capacity as she executes on a vision to bring their Houston program into its next chapter.
Laura is tapping into 30 years of experience to lead the organization’s local partnerships and investment strategies, all focused on catalyzing opportunities for families and communities. Laura will continue to provide market leadership and support the team in advancing its strategic framework and programmatic initiatives focused on driving equitable and inclusive growth, and addressing health, wealth, and opportunity gaps by creating pathways for people and places to prosper.
Prior to LISC, Laura spent nearly two decades at Wells Fargo, most recently as senior vice president leading the bank’s Texas community development team. Earlier, she worked for 10 years at JPMorgan Chase in a range of lending roles with a particular focus on financing for women- and minority-led small businesses.
Laura has a strong commitment to her community as evidenced by her extensive board service and volunteerism. She has served in various appointed positions at the City of Houston including as Board Chair of the Houston Housing Authority and as an appointee to Mayor Turner’s Complete Communities Improvement Fund Advisory Board and the Office of Business Opportunity. She is a senior fellow of American Leadership Forum and the Center for Houston’s Future.
Laura has been recognized for her work in the community through several awards, including:
- 2019 Impact Award from Center for Houston’s Future
- 2019 Executive Woman of the Year from Solo Mujeres Magazine
- 2019 Breakthrough Woman from Greater Houston Women’s Chamber of Commerce
- Community Pillar of Strength by Family Houston