American Bankers Association
Laurie Stewart is president and CEO of Seattle-based Sound Financial Bancorp, Inc., and celebrates 30 years with Sound Community Bank this year. Sound has eight branches, two loan production offices and total assets in excess of $717 million, as well as a loan servicing portfolio of over $330 million. Originally chartered as a credit union, the bank has completed numerous charter conversions and is now publicly traded on NASDAQ. Sound is recognized as one of the top performing community banks in the country and as a top philanthropist.
Active in the industry, Laurie was one of 14 bankers selected to serve on the inaugural FDIC Advisory Committee on Community Banking. Subsequently she was appointed to the inaugural CFPB Community Bankers Advisory Council and in 2017 was one of nine community bankers invited to the White House for a listening session with the president. She is active in trade associations, serving two terms as chair of the Washington Bankers Association and one term as chair of the ABA Government Relations Council. She also serves as vice chair of the National Arthritis Foundation board of directors and is a director of the Seattle branch of the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco.
Laurie was recognized as one of American Banker’s Most Powerful Women in Banking in 2019 and was on its women-to-watch list four times previously. In 2016, she also earned the prestigious Woman of Influence award from the Puget Sound Business Journal. She is a frequent speaker and teacher who loves to sew baby quilts for every new parent and grandparent at the bank.
Her community engagement 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.
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