Laird Norton Team
Debbie has served as Board Chairman at Laird Norton Company since 2012. Prior to being named Board Chair, she served as a director from 1996 to 2007 and beginning in 2011, was elected to a second term. During her first term, Debbie chaired their Compensation Committee and also served on the company’s Investment, Nominating Committee, and their 2010 Long Range Planning Committee. Prior to joining the Board, Debbie played the lead role in the implementation of their Children’s Program, affectionately known as “Camp Three Tree.”
Outside of her involvement with the Family company, Debbie serves as a director of a private holding company in Cleveland and a meat processing company in Chicago. Previously, she served on the Board of Family Business Network-North America chapter, a not-for-profit international network that is run by family businesses, for family businesses. She has been an invited guest and speaker at numerous family business events and conferences.
In 1990, Debbie founded and served as CEO of Pacific Preschools, Inc., a network of high quality, work-site child care programs. In 1997, she led the sale of the company to Bright Horizons, the premier provider of employer-sponsored child care and, later that same year, participated in their IPO. For the next twenty years, Debbie served as their Vice President of Regional Development during which time she led site selection and assisted in the development of sixty new child care facilities.
Debbie and her husband live in Kirkland, Washington. They enjoy boating, skiing, kayaking, hiking, and most of all – they cherish their time with their four children and are committed to spoiling their eight grandchildren, all under age seven!
Allison Parks is a fifth-generation Laird Norton family member who began serving as LNC’s Family President in 2014 after her previous career in teaching and school administration. Allison serves as a director on the board, Chairman of the Family Council Committee, and oversees communications for the 500-member family. She manages the development of family programs focused on education, responsible company stewardship, and annual shareholder events. In addition, Allison is a director of the board for the Laird Norton Family Foundation, an organization she has served for many years.Born and raised in Southern California, Allison graduated from UCLA and earned her Master’s degree at Occidental College. When not enjoying the pleasures of boating in the Puget Sound with her husband and three daughters, Allison is an accomplished equestrian, supporter of local arts, and world traveler.