Lara Keathley

Vice President, People, Culture & Governance

Subject Matter Expert

Human Resources

Alma Maters

Eastern Michigan University


Lara Keathley is Vice President, People, Culture & Governance at United Way for Southeastern Michigan. She joined United Way in September 2020 and oversees initiatives and strategies around the organization’s people operations including talent management and organizational development, employee engagement and organizational culture, and total rewards, including compensation and benefits.

Lara joined United Way after spending four years as vice president of employee services at Christian Financial Credit Union. She has also served as human resources and training consultant at CU Solutions Group, chief culture officer at Michigan Credit Union League and director of training and human resources at Advantage One Credit Union.

A graduate of Eastern Michigan University, Lara holds a master’s certificate in human resources and a bachelor’s degree in secondary education, literature and English. She has conducted master’s course work in gender studies, and she is a senior certified professional, human resources through the Society for Human Resource Management.

Lara is married to wife Kristin and enjoys community theater, reading and exercising.