Ms. Stewart is the President /CEO of Sound Community Bank headquartered in Seattle. Sound has 8 branches, two LPOs and total assets in excess of $715 Million plus a loan servicing portfolio of over $330 Million. Originally chartered as a Credit Union, the bank has completed numerous charter conversions and is now publically traded on NASDAQ. Sound is recognized as one of the top performing community banks in the country and also a top philanthropist.
Active in the industry, Ms. Stewart was one of 14 bankers selected to serve on the inaugural FDIC Community Bank Advisory Board. Subsequently she was appointed to the inaugural CFPB Community Banker’s advisory Board. She is active in trade associations, serving two terms as Chair of the WBA and she chaired the ABA flagship Governmental Affairs Committee. In 2017 she was one of nine community Bankers invited to the White House for a listening session with the President. She was recently named Chair Elect of the American Bankers national trade association and will serve as Chair in 2019-2020. She also serves as Vice Chair of the National Arthritis Foundation Board of Directors (chair in November 2018) and is a director of the Seattle Branch of the Federal Reserve Bank.
Ms. Stewart has been recognized in the Most Powerful Women in Banking’s women to watch category four times, most recently in2018. In 2016 she also earned the prestigious Woman of Influence award from the Puget Sound Business Journal. In 2019 she was recognized as an Executive of Excellence by Seattle Business Magazine. She is a frequent speaker and teacher. Community volunteering includes serving as Immediate Past Chair of the Woodland Park Zoo, volunteering as a Court Appointed Special Advocate, and climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro to raise money for cancer research. Laurie loves to sew baby quilts for every new parent and grandparent at the bank.
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