Laura Brunner, President & CEO, The Port

“Leaning in to Legacy”

Laura Brunner is President and Chief Executive Officer of The Port, a position she has held since 2012. She leads The Port’s county-wide redevelopment and revitalization activities and collaboration with regional economic development and community organizations, to bring real estate to its highest and best use – creating pathways to opportunity for residents and business owners in Hamilton County.

Through dynamic leadership that embraces cross-sector collaboration – Laura has directed The Port’s strategic acquisition of 75 acres of prime real estate positioned to bring 1,000 manufacturing jobs back to the region, and has brought significant neighborhood development to life in Evanston and Walnut Hills. Currently, Price Hill, Avondale and the West End are focus neighborhoods for The Port.

Laure has demonstrated a personal commitment to broadening inclusion within the real estate industry including facilitating opportunities for wealth creation.

Laura’s community involvement is extensive. Past and present board participation include Cincinnati Ballet, Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, Queen City Club, The Christ College School of Nursing, Dan Beard Council Boy Scouts of America, Mercantile Library and Cincinnati Metropolitan Housing Authority. Laura graduated from Indiana University and her career includes public accounting, consulting and commercial real estate leadership. She loves to travel the world with her family, and enjoys hiking, kayaking, and cycling trips. Laura is enthusiastic about improving her dance skills and benefiting Lincoln Heights Boy Scout Troup 772 High Adventure Scholarship Fund through the Dance with Your Heart fundraiser.

Location: Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber (3 E. 4th St -45202)*
Menu: Lunch buffet including:
Field green salad with dried cranberries, mandarin oranges, walnuts & goat cheese with balsamic vinaigrette & poppyseed dressings; assorted turkey, roast beef, vegetable wraps and jumbo croissant sandwiches; past primavera salad; potato chips; and brownies, cheesecake, german chocolate cake, cookies & lemon bars for dessert.

*The Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber is located on the south side of 4th Street between Walnut and Vine Streets. You may still park in the Mabley Place garage.