Prior to joining Compass Wealth Strategies, Lara served as Director of Development for Thomas Nelson Community College where she led the Development Team in securing public, private, corporate, and foundation funding. Lara also served as Executive Director of the Educational Foundation and Director of Development at Tidewater Community College.
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. In 2014, Lara entered William and Mary’s Mason School of Business MBA program.
With nearly two decades of service in philanthropic community organizations, Lara currently serves on the boards of the Girl Scout Council of Colonial Coast, CASA, Young Life and the Lynchburg Parents Council. Lara also served as President of the VSSGW and on the boards of the Virginia Symphony Orchestra Board and the Greater Williamsburg Chamber and Tourism Alliance. In addition to supporting the fundraising efforts of a broad spectrum of non-profit and community groups, Lara is a graduate of the 2015 Lead Peninsula program, a member of the DAR, a graduate of the James City County Citizen Leadership Academy, served as a Citizen Representative on the Regional Issues Committee and served many years on the board of Inclusion Inc., a Williamsburg non-profit benefiting children.