Effective January 1, 2020, Laurie Vignaud became the first woman President & CEO of Unity National Bank leading a team of 35 associates in Houston, Texas and Atlanta, Georgia.
With more than 35 years in leadership roles in banking and community development institutions, including as President of Capital One Bank’s Community Development Corporation, Laurie has demonstrated a strong track record in initiating and leading change, driving results, and innovating amid a rapidly evolving banking landscape. Laurie’s financial and business acumen, integrity, passion for community banking, and commitment to strong talent management are important qualities considered by our Board of Directors.
Ms. Vignaud previously served as the President of Capital One Bank’s (“Capital One”) Community Development Corporation and Senior Vice President of Community Development Banking for their South- Central Region. In these roles, Ms. Vignaud was responsible for the development, monitoring, management and promotion of community development programs and Community Reinvestment Act initiatives for Capital One in Louisiana and Texas. She has been instrumental in bringing millions of dollars in grant financing to Capital One that were used to support affordable housing programs. In addition, she has created and led some of the Capital One’s most creative affordable housing and small business initiatives in the region in recent years.
Ms. Vignaud is active in the community and serves on the board of the National Bankers Association, Texas Southern University Business School Advisory Board, the Houston Area Urban League Board of Directors, Earl Carl Institute Board of Directors and the Ensemble Theatre. Recently, Mayor Sylvester Turner appointed her to serve on the Board of the Houston Land Bank. She is also a member of the Missouri City Chapter of the LINKs.
Unity, originally founded in 1963 and later chartered in 1985, is the only African American owned banking institution in Texas. Unity was originally founded as Riverside National Bank, led by local black doctors and lawyers. Banks like Unity popped up across the nation during the 1960s civil rights movement. Unity’s leadership remains committed to the vision of providing banking services to historically underserved businesses and individuals and developing the bank into a dynamic banking franchise, serving a diverse customer base. In addition to its inner-city headquarters located in the heart of Third Ward Houston, Unity opened its first branch in Missouri City, Texas, Fort Bend County, in 1998. Unity intends to continue building a banking organization with multiple branch locations in the Greater Houston Metroplex to provide convenient and professional service to all its customers. In March 2018, Unity opened an Atlanta, Georgia, branch allowing Unity’s rich legacy to continue in a community well positioned to support and utilize a new minority bank.