Laura N. Brunner
President & CEO
Laura Brunner is President and Chief Executive Officer of The Port, a public, mission-focused development finance agency dedicated to expanding prosperity by repositioning real estate and creating value from land assets in a way that benefits everyone in Hamilton County.
Since her appointment in 2011, Laura has led the 18-year-old organization in strengthening its platform to improve regional economic, social, and environmental conditions and foster greater economic mobility. Laura works closely with The Port Board of Directors delivering on a three-pronged revitalization approach that guides its work – an innovative Public Finance practice that drives development; a holistic Neighborhood strategy that restores property to productive use and raises quality of life; and an urban Industrial revitalization initiative designed to create development-ready sites that support next-generation manufacturing. She launched an impact investing program to support these bold initiatives, creating a Patient Capital Note structure that raises private capital and a revolving loan fund to help distressed neighborhood business districts.
A dynamic leader, Laura draws from a background in commercial real estate and public accounting. She earned a bachelor’s degree from Indiana University, and spent 15 years in the public accounting industry, notably achieving the status of partner at Barnes, Dennig & Co. She is the recipient of dozens of awards, including Cincinnati Enquirer Woman of the Year and Merlin G. Pope, Jr. Diversity Leadership Award. She is president of the board of The Mercantile Library and serves as a board member of ArtsWave and Queen City Club.