Columbia Banking System Inc. has announced the appointment of Nampa’s Laura Alvarez Schrag to its board of directors, effective January 1st. Alvarez Schrag is the president of Nampa-based Pondera Consulting and has experience providing human resources, organizational and leadership development expertise to companies and nonprofits. Her appointment adds expertise in organizational development to Columbia’s board and honors the organization’s tradition of naming community-based directors.
In her prior role as Human Resources Manager at Hewlett-Packard, Alvarez Schrag implemented a talent management system for global business units, led HR due-diligence for international acquisitions and developed diversity plans for global business units. She currently serves on the board of directors of Catholic Charities of Idaho, Bishop Kelly High School Governance Board and St. Alphonsus Community Board. She is a past board member of Human Resources Association of Treasure Valley and is a past president of Hispanic Cultural Center of Idaho and St. Paul’s Catholic School Board. In 2014, she earned recognition as Idaho Young Mother of the Year from American Mothers Inc. and was named a Woman of the Year honoree in the Idaho Business Review.
Alvarez Schrag holds a Bachelor of Arts in Management and Organizational Leadership from George Fox University, an Associate of Applied Sciences in Business Administration from Lamson Business College, an applied Neuroscience and Brain Health Certification from the Neuroscience Academy and is an ACC Certified Executive Coach from the International Coaching Federation.