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Vera Moore-ShaheenSenior Vice President, Community Relations West Leader

Vera Moore has been an advocate for communities of color and low- and moderate- income communities her entire career. With nearly 15 years of experience in the private and public sectors, Vera is a Senior Vice President in Citi’s Community Investing and Development function. In this role, Vera oversees the West Community Relations team and is responsible for building authentic relationships with key stakeholders and connecting Citi’s people, expertise, resources, products and services to help expand equitable opportunities for all.

Prior to joining Citi, Vera served as the California Community Engagement Market Manager for JPMorgan Chase. Vera had a significant role in the firm’s commitment to invest $75 million in the Bay Area through its AdvancingCities initiative — a five-year, $500 million effort to create greater economic opportunity nationwide. Vera was also responsible for the local implementation of JPMC’s five-year, $30 billion Racial Equity Commitment in California. 

Vera held several leadership roles at national nonprofit organizations prior to joining the private sector. She served as the Director of the Urban Youth Empowerment Program at the National Urban League where she oversaw a $10 million workforce development, education, and training program for underserved youth living in high-poverty, high-crime communities nationwide. Vera also managed the Consulting and Technical Assistance Division at Seedco, where she provided capacity building services to foundations, government agencies and nonprofit organizations focused on workforce development, asset building and work supports.

A former Manhattan Borough President’s Office Community Planning Fellow, Vera holds a Master’s of Urban Planning from New York University and a Bachelor’s of Arts from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). In 2015, Vera completed a competitive fellowship with Coro Leadership New York (LNY26). She also completed the African American Board Leadership Institute’s Board Leadership Program in 2018. Vera is an active member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., sits on the Northern California Grantmakers – Nonprofit Displacement Project Steering Committee, and recently joined the Coro Northern California Board of Directors in 2021.

For her courageous commitment to nonprofit organizations, Vera has been recognized as Community Reinvestment Visionary of the Year by ASIAN, Inc., a Powerful Woman of the Bay Area by Black Women Organized for Political Action and the Training Institute for Leadership Enrichment, and a Corporate Leader by the National Coalition of 100 Black Women, Inc., Oakland/Bay Area Chapter and the National Urban League. She also joined the San Francisco Business Times – 40 Under 40 Class of 2021.

A California native, Vera is based in San Francisco and resides in Pittsburg, CA.