Mid-Atlantic Board Member Since: July 2013
Muriel Garr is the Vice President and Regional Community Development Manager of SunTrust Bank. In this capacity she is responsible for overseeing the Bank's community development programs for the greater Washington market, managing the implementation of the strategic direction of the Bank's initiatives focusing on lending, investment and services for low-to-moderate income persons and communities. Muriel serves as the Bank's primary liaison within the company regarding community development issues, communicating with influential leaders and groups, then interprets and evaluates market needs and determines SunTrust's role in servicing those needs.
Ms. Garr has over 29 years of experience in the financial services industry. She serves on numerous boards and committees of organizations focused on financial empowerment, homeownership, community and economic development. Her current board and committee service includes: District of Columbia Veterans Affairs Medical Center Steering Committee; FSC First Bankers Task Force; LISC – Washington, DC Advisory Committee. From January 2003 through December 2004, Ms. Garr was the President of the Metropolitan Washington Bankers Group, a membership organization comprised of community development officers from financial institutions in the Washington metropolitan area. Under her leadership the Group founded the Northern Virginia Affordable Housing Alliance, a nonprofit advocacy group comprised of financial institutions, community based organizations, government agencies and other stakeholders concerned about the production and preservation of affordable housing in Northern Virginia.
In addition to her industry efforts, Ms. Garr is the co-host of a weekly financial empowerment radio program specifically targeting women airing on H.U.R. Voices SiriusXM Channel 141. The show seeks to provide women with the financial tools they need to succeed up the economic ladder.
A 2007 graduate of the Harvard Senior Executives in State and Local Government program, Ms. Garr is the mother of two children. Her son is a 2005 Ervin Scholars graduate from Washington University in St. Louis. Her daughter is a 2008 graduate from Johnson C. Smith University in Charlotte, NC.