Chair, Board of Directors
Laurie Stewart was named chair of the Arthritis Foundation’s board of directors in November 2018.
Ms. Stewart is the president and CEO of Sound Community Bank, headquartered in Seattle and serving the Puget Sound region through eight branches and two loan offices. Sound Community Bank is recognized as one of the top performing community banks in the country and is also a leading philanthropic organization.
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 Consumer Finance Protection Board (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, Ms. Stewart 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. In December 2018, she was named Community Banker of the Year by American Banker.
Ms. Stewart has been recognized in the Most Powerful Women in Banking’s women-to-watch category four times, most recently in 2018. In 2016, she also earned the prestigious Woman of Influence Award from the Puget Sound Business Journal. Ms. Stewart’s community volunteer work includes serving as immediate past chair of the Woodland Park Zoo, volunteering as a court-appointed special advocate and decorating Christmas trees for Festival of the Trees.