Lauren Ackerman

Lauren started her career in the information technology field, working in various marketing and sales positions for entrepreneurial technology companies until starting her own firm, Wavelength Marketing, Inc. in 1982. Through Wavelength, she helped to set up national reseller channels for companies such as Toshiba, Hewlett-Packard, Sun Microsystems, and others before selling the company to a U.K.-based firm in 1988.

Lauren moved to the Bay Area from Southern California that same year and consulted with Philips Semiconductors, Motorola and PacificCare in national and international market channels and consumer database development.

Her non-profit career started in 1999 through her board involvement in Napa with Justin-Siena High School; Copia: The American Center for Wine, Food and the Arts (she served as Chair for three years); Blue Oak School; The Napa Valley Community Foundation (serving as Chair for two years); the Napa Valley Arts Council; The Institute of International Education (IIE) and, currently, NapaLearns. Lauren also served on the Board of Vintage Bank (NorthBay Bancorp) before its purchase by Umpqua Bank in 2006.

Lauren has a BA Degree from the University of Southern California and her MBA degree from Pepperdine University.