Elaine Agather is chairman of JPMorgan Chase’s Dallas region. She also serves as South Region Head and Managing Director of the Private Bank at J.P. Morgan.
Agather joined Chemical Bank of New York in 1979, working in London, San Francisco, and New York until she relocated to Dallas in 1984. After the 1986 merger of Chemical and Texas Commerce Bank, Agather was promoted to Chairman of Texas Commerce Bank in Fort Worth in 1992 and joined the Private Bank to manage client advisory groups across the state in 1997. In 1999, she was elected Chairman and CEO of Dallas.
Agather serves as a board member for the National Cowgirl Museum and Hall of Fame and the Southwestern Exposition and Livestock Show. In fact, she has ridden in every Fort Worth Stock Show and Rodeo Grand Entry since 1992 except for one — which she missed, according to Fort Worth Magazine, due to a prior business engagement. That comes to more than 900 Grand Entry rides in all.
Agather also serves as a board member for Performing Arts Fort Worth, Fossil, and the J.F. Maddox Foundation. She is a board of trustees member for the Dallas Museum of Art and the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum, and is a member of the Dallas Citizens Council.
A native of Sherman, Texas, Agather graduated from the University of Oklahoma with a B.A. in history and economics and received her MBA from the University of Texas. She and her husband, Neils, have two daughters, Bradley and Lorene, her son-in-law, Coley Means, and her favorite grandson, George.