Laura N. Brunner
President & CEO
Laura Brunner was appointed President and Chief Executive Officer of the Port of Greater Cincinnati Development Authority in December 2011. As its leader, Laura sets strategic direction for the regional economic development agency. She is primarily responsible for leadership of the Port Authority’s county-wide redevelopment and revitalization activities, working in partnership with the City of Cincinnati and Hamilton County, and with other economic development and community organizations, to create lasting regional momentum.
Laura is a seasoned real estate development executive, responsible for complex urban redevelopment projects that have increased jobs and opportunities in neighborhoods such as Clifton Heights, Madisonville, Green Township, and Avondale. As a senior executive for a regional development firm, she directed all aspects of business development functions which led to a variety of enterprise- expanding projects for clients such as Medpace, University of Cincinnati, The Christ Hospital, and Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center. Laura’s expertise in inclusion increased participation by disadvantaged companies on construction projects. Through her determination for improving social equity in the real estate industry, Laura created avenues that led to majority ownership of The Offices at Vernon Manor by African American investors. Laura also served as the first female managing principal of Cassidy Turley’s Cincinnati and Dayton operations.
Laura is the recipient of numerous awards for business leadership, community development and her support of economic inclusion initiatives. She received the President’s Award from the NAACP, and won the Merlin G. Pope, Jr. Diversity Leadership award in 2011 for her contributions in this area. She is a member of the XIV Class of Leadership Cincinnati.
Laura’s past and present board participation includes Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, The Christ College School of Nursing, Dan Beard Council Boy Scouts of America, Mercantile Library, and Cincinnati Metropolitan Housing Authority (CMHA). She graduated from Indiana University with honors with a degree in accounting, and spent 15 years in the public accounting industry.