Laura Cabanilla is Vice President of Community Relations and the Community Development Officer for the Central Texas region for Wells Fargo. In her role, Laura helps provide oversight and direction to Wells Fargo leadership on community needs surrounding housing, education, economic development, and financial literacy. Laura participates and leads the efforts in corporate initiatives and community development programs for the region in addition to ensuring that Wells Fargo continues to build relationships with non-profit organizations, local governments, and elected officials.
Laura has an extensive background with experience primarily in the economic development, nonprofit, and public policy worlds having served in various roles at the Westside Development Corporation including Chief Operating Officer, Interim President, and External Relations Officer. She also served as Chief of Staff to San Antonio City Councilman Roger O. Flores of District 1 and Councilwoman Antoniette “Toni” Moorhouse of District 3.
As an avid sports enthusiast, Laura worked for the Women’s Sports Foundation as Director of GoGirlGo! San Antonio. Prior to joining Wells Fargo, Laura was CEO/Owner of Cruz Medical Enterprises, LLC a medical device distribution company, and Managing Consultant of Cruz Business Enterprises, LLC where she assisted non-profits with designing resource development plans, diversifying revenue portfolios, and provided consulting services to start-up businesses and more.
In 2015, Laura was a recipient of the San Antonio Business Journal’s 40 Under 40 award. She received the South San Antonio Chamber of Commerce Salute to the Women of the Southern Sector Award in 2005 and was inducted into the Pi Alpha Alpha Honor Society. She has also served on numerous committees and boards, and has participated as a member of the Leadership San Antonio 39 Steering Committee and Leadership San Antonio 32 class. Presently, Laura serves on the San Antonio Sports Board of Directors, LISC San Antonio Local Advisory Committee, San Antonio Chamber of Commerce, Southside First Economic Development Council, City of San Antonio Mayor’s Housing Summit Committee, and the Harlandale ISD Bridging Committee.
Laura is a graduate of St. Mary’s University with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science, a graduate of the Washington Semester – Foreign Policy Program at American University in Washington, D.C. and has obtained a Master’s in Public Administration from the University of Texas at San Antonio.