Laura A. Zaepfel

Laura A. Zaepfel

Vice President of Corporate Relations

As Vice President of Corporate Relations, Laura Zaepfel works extensively with local, regional, state, and federal government and business leaders to optimize the Western New York business climate. Ms. Zaepfel frequently works with leading businesses and support organizations to develop policies and enhance procedures that produce a diverse workforce and a sustainable economy in the region. A strong supporter of diversity, equity and inclusion, she works internally and externally on initiatives and workforce development efforts which promote and embrace cross-cultural diversity in the company and community.

Ms. Zaepfel also manages Uniland’s corporate philanthropy program, continuing the company’s long tradition of community involvement and support. She works with and volunteers for community and business organizations that advocate for residents through social justice and diversity, health and wellness, education, and environmental programs.

Over the years, Ms. Zaepfel has provided leadership to Catholic Charities, Humanities New York, NAIOP – The Commercial Real Estate Development Association, the National Federation of Just Communities (NFJC), and the Buffalo and Erie County Naval & Military Park. She is a former Trustee of the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra and a current Trustee of Canisius University.


Professional Affiliations

  • Member and Former Chair – Amherst Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors
  • Former President – The Buffalo Club
  • Executive Committee – NAACP Buffalo Branch 
  • Member – Buffalo Niagara Partnership, Development Advisory Council and Diversity & Inclusion Council
  • Member – NAIOP, The Commercial Real Estate Development Association
  • Member – Urban Land Institute (ULI)
  • Member – Canisius University Board of Trustees
  • Member – FBI Citizens Academy

Philanthropic and Civic Endeavors

  • Board of Directors – Erie County Sheriff’s Foundation
  • Board of Directors – Law Enforcement Foundation of Western New York
  • Board of Directors – African American Veterans Monument
  • Board of Directors – Thurman Thomas Family Foundation
  • Former Board Member – Western New York Women’s Foundation
  • Former Board Member – The Exchange at Beverly Gray
  • Former Board Member – Chippewa Alliance
  • Former Chair – Buffalo and Erie County Naval & Military Park Veterans Annual Tribute Awards
  • Former Trustee – Foundation of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Buffalo
  • Former Chair – Foundation of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Buffalo Advancement Committee and 2016 & 2017 Gala 22:6 Education Dinner
  • Former Chair – Catholic Charities Eight-County Annual Appeal and Board of Trustees
  • Former Trustee – Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Former Co-Chair – Western New York Food Bank Capital Campaign

Recent Honors

  • Buffalo Business First Power 100 Women, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021, 2022, 2023
  • Buffalo Business First IDEA (Inclusion Diversity Equity Awareness) Award, 2020
  • Niagara University Caritas Medal, 2019
  • Buffalo Black Achievers President’s Award, 2018
  • Community Angel Award, 2017
  • Girl Scouts of Western New York Woman of Distinction, 2012
  • Buffalo Business First Women of Influence Award, 2011
  • NFJC Citation Banquet Honoree, 2011
  • NAIOP National Capitol Dome Award, 2010
  • Canisius University LaSalle Medal, 2009

Education

  • B.S., Canisius University
  • M.A., University at Buffalo

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