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Lara Burns has contributed a wealth of financial and operational expertise to the Urbanspace team for nearly ten years. Currently serving as Urbanspace’s Chief Operating Officer and Chief Financial Offer, Lara provides operational and financial leadership and support to the real estate and interior design activities across the business, interacting with internal and external stakeholders daily.
Lara’s evolution with Urbanspace has mirrored the evolution of the organization, and accordingly, the evolution of downtown. Lara contributes the knowledge and historical detail of this transformation to the myriad of external organizations in which she also holds a leadership position. She most recently served as Vice-Chair of the Real Estate Council of Austin’s (RECA) 2013 Knock-Out Night, and further supports RECA’s community outreach initiatives as a member of the 2013 Leadership Development Class (LDC) and the Co-Chair of the class project benefitting Austin Achieves.
Lara is engaged as a Young Leader of the Urban Land Institute, and is actively involved within the Zeta Tau Alpha Austin Alumnae Chapter. Having previously served as VP of Programming and VP of Membership, Lara now is the VP of Fundraising and Chair of the Celebration of Life luncheon benefitting the Seton Breast Cancer Center.
Lara has also taken on leadership roles within philanthropic organizations such as Junior League of Austin, Young Texan’s Against Cancer’s Powder Puff, BVB Austin, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Austin and the Umlauf Garden Party directly benefiting the Umlauf Sculpture Garden.
Originally from Charleston, West Virginia, Lara was raised in the Clear Lake area outside of Houston, and moved to Austin to attend the University of Texas where she obtained a Bachelor of Science in Economics.
Lara is a proud resident of the SoCo neighborhood.
What's your favorite live music venue?
Anything outside - Zilker, Auditorium Shores, Stubbs and Austin 360 Amphitheater.
What's a perfect Austin day for you?
Waking up, running Lady Bird Lake with my dog, Banks, grabbing an iced Turbo and breakfast taco at Jo's, and then finding my way onto the lake. Perfect way to end the day would be with some queso and a margarita.
Which museum do you enjoy the most?
That's a hard one. I love the grounds of Laguna Gloria and Umlauf Sculpture Garden, the roof of the Contemporary Austin, the IMAX at the Bob Bullock museum, and the B scene at the Blanton.
Where would you take a date to impress them?
I think they would need to be doing the impressing, but I was once told that if a guy takes you to get drinks at Hotel San Jose, he's a keeper.