Chief of Staff
Carmen Lara joined the San Antonio Economic Development Foundation (SAEDF) as Chief of Staff to the President & CEO in October 2016. Lara leads the efforts of executive administration and engagement, CEO communications, board relations and shared support services including human resources, information technology, procurement and vendor management. Prior to joining SAEDF, Lara served in several management and human resources leadership roles with CPS Energy, most recently overseeing Business Operations for the Public Affairs & Brand Management department. Lara currently serves on the Mission Road TRIZ community board and the United Way Emerging Leaders and Women’s Leadership councils. Lara attended the University of Texas at San Antonio where she earned a Bachelor of Business Administration in Human Resource Management, and holds the professional designations of Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) and SHRM Senior Certified Professional (SHRM-SCP).