Ms. Lawrence currently serves as Chief Operating Officer of First Foundation Bank where she is responsible for overseeing deposit banking activities as well as designing and implementing policies and operational structures for the company.
Ms. Lawrence was formerly the Senior Vice President of Commercial and Specialty Deposits at Umpqua Bank, which merged with Sterling Savings Bank in April 2014, where she led the team of commercial and specialty deposit bankers. Prior to that, Ms. Lawrence served as Executive Vice President, Chief Banking Officer at Opus Bank. In that role she oversaw and managed four banking divisions, including commercial business, income property, residential, and retail. She additionally held the role of Senior Vice President, Director of Sales at Opus Bank. Previous responsibilities include roles as Vice President, Relationship Manager at both Sunwest Bank and Vineyard Bank.
Ms. Lawrence earned her Master’s degree in Business Administration from University of California, Irvine and a Bachelor’s degree in Communications from Northwestern University. She also graduated from Pacific Coast Banking School with honors in 2018. Ms. Lawrence received the honor of being named to American Banker's Most Powerful Women in Banking: NEXT List in 2019.