Host Committee

Vanessa Reed

Vanessa Reed heads the External Affairs Department managing Community Reinvestment Act programs for Comerica Bank.  Reed is responsible for community reinvestment and external affairs for Comerica Bank from the East to the West Coast.  Her priorities include affordable housing, education including financial literacy, small business development, job training, economic development and neighborhood revitalization programs for low to moderate income individuals and communities. 


Reed joined Comerica Bank in 2000.  She earned five Comerica ROAR awards for her outstanding achievement and results as a credit specialist for the commercial real estate department.  


A graduate of University of New Orleans, Reed holds a bachelor’s degree in Business Management with a concentration in accounting.


Her civic and community involvement includes serving as Chair of the Board of Directors for the Change Happens; The Fort Bend Church’s Accounting Team Ministry; and actively advocates for the empowerment of diverse low to moderate income communities in Texas and Louisiana.  Mrs. Reed also serves on the leadership advisory committee for Houston Money Week and is a member of the Houston Metropolitan Continental Societies, Inc. – an international public service organization dedicated to the socioeconomic and cultural welfare of underprivileged children and youth.  


Reed is a recognized leader and serves as a subject matter expert on community development and engagement in both Texas and her homes state Louisiana.  She’s received numerous honors and recognitions since she began her career at Comerica Bank.


Honors and recognitions:

  • Comerica ROAR Award for Outstanding Achievement and Results (5 consecutive years) 
  • Rolling Out’s Top 25 Most Influential Women in Houston – Class of 2007
  • Who’s Who in Black Houston (2007 – 2018)
  • Texas Women’s Empowerment Foundation 2011 Volunteer Award
  • Honey Brown Hope Foundation’s Citizens Improving America Award
  • Houston Citizens Chamber of Commerce (a.k.a. Greater Houston Black Chamber) 2011 Outstanding Board Member of the Year
  • 2012 YMCA Minority Achievers Award
  • Dmar’s Business Journal Top 30 Influential Women of Houston – Class of 2013
  • 2014 SuperLady and featured in the Houston Museum African American Culture “Women of a New Tribe” Exhibit (February 2014 and Mother’s Day 2014)
  • Sisters Network 2014 Pink Angel Honoree 
  • Honorary co-chair of North Houston Frontiers Club Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial 2015 Scholarship Breakfast
  • Girl Scouts 2015 Success to Significance Honoree
  • Texas Women’s Empowerment Foundation 2015 Power Couple Honoree, 
  • President’s Bronze Volunteer Service Award (Obama & Trump Administrations)
  • National Black MBA Houston Chapter’s 2016 Corporate Award
  • Blue Triangle Community Center 2016 Living Legend Award
  • The Chatman Women’s Foundation 2017 Inaugural PowHer Play Award
  • Texas Women’s Empowerment Hurricane Harvey Relief Partnership Award Foundation.
  • Community of Faith 2018 Black History Month Honoree – “Through Woman Power We Rise,”
  • C-STEM 2018 STEMing the Tide Award Honoree
  • This Woman’s Work 2018 Community Advocate Award 
  • S.A.F.E Diversity 2019 Embracing Diversity Champion Award
  • 2021 Black Woman of Excellence (3/2021)
  • 2021 Women to Watch:  Houston Area Urban League (March 2021) 
  • Texas Bankers Association 2020 – 2022 LiFE Award – EMPOWER Series (Houston) and Comerica Business $ense Bootcamps’ national response to help small businesses during the pandemic, respectively
  • 2022 3rd Annual Lifetime Presidential Achievement Award Honoree
  • 2023 Appointment to the Fort Bend County Toll Road Authority Board making Reed the 1st African American Women to be appointed to the board. 


She is the wife of Kevin J. Reed and has a daughter and son, Jordan and Parker Reed ages 21 and 18, respectively.