Lara M.S. Overy is the Commissioner of the Revenue for the City of Williamsburg. She was elected in November 2017 and is serving her second term in office. As Commissioner of the Revenue, Lara has improved processes, implemented an audit program and increased compliance resulting in additional revenue for the City. Lara has achieved the Master Commissioner certification by the University of Virginia. Lara’s motto is to ensure all businesses are reporting accurately and being fairly taxed.
Lara also serves as Chief Operating Officer at Compass Wealth Strategies, a wealth management practice in Williamsburg, VA. Compass Wealth Strategies is a family-owned business that navigates its client’s financial future through financial planning and guidance.
Lara has also served as Director of Development for Virginia Peninsula Community College and Tidewater Community College where she led the Development Team in securing public, private, corporate, and foundation funding. She also coordinated the fundraising efforts of the Educational Foundation and represented the interests of both the College and the Foundation to current and prospective donors.
Lara graduated magna cum laude from Thomas Nelson Community College and went on to receive her Bachelor of Arts Degree from The College of William and Mary, where she was a recipient of the Benjamin Stoddert Ewell Award for Public Service.
With more than two decades of service in philanthropic community organizations, Lara currently serves on the statewide Commissioner of the Revenue Association Executive Board, several local non-profit boards and committees and volunteers her time advising non-profits on charity auction events. Lara also served as President of Colonial CASA, President of the Virginia Symphony Society of Greater Williamsburg and on the boards of the Girl Scout Council of Colonial Coast, the Virginia Symphony Orchestra Board, Young Life and the Greater Williamsburg Chamber and Tourism Alliance. For eight years Lara served as the Troop Leader for Girl Scout Troop 1377, which she founded. In addition, Lara is a graduate of the 2015 Lead Peninsula program, a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution, a graduate of the James City County Citizen Leadership Academy, served as a Citizen Representative on the Regional Issues Committee appointed by the James City County Board of Supervisors and served many years on the board of Inclusion Inc., a Williamsburg non-profit benefiting children. Lara and her husband, Rick, reside in Williamsburg.
They have three children – Cameron and his wife Mamie, Isabel and her husband Noah Scruggs, and Madison.
Raymond James is not affiliated with the above organizations and/or charitable causes.