Lauren Ackerman is a committed community-builder. She has been actively involved within the Napa community since 1994 and has a passion for community-building, business development, innovative education, entrepreneurship and strategic philanthropy.
Prior to her involvement with various local organizations, Ms. Ackerman had her own successful international management consulting practice from 1990 as well as a successful technology marketing organization beginning in 1982. Through her consulting practice and marketing company, Ms. Ackerman focused on business development strategies, distribution network policies and strategic marketing for over 75 corporations, including companies such as PacifiCare, Philips Electronics, Sun Microsystems, HP, Sony, Toshiba, Motorola and several others. When her company was sold in 1988, Ms. Ackerman moved to the San Francisco Bay area from Southern California that same year.
Within the non-profit community of Napa County and the San Francisco Bay Area, Ms. Ackerman has served in various board or committee capacities with ten non-profit organizations and one for-profit board. These include Justin-Siena High School; Copia: The American Center for Wine, Food & the Arts; the Napa Valley Community Foundation; the Napa Valley Film Festival (Governance Chair), and the Institute of International Education (IIE). Ms. Ackerman is also a former director of North Bay Bancorp, the largest publicly traded community bank within Napa and Solano counties at the time.
Currently, Ms. Ackerman serves on the boards of Di Rosa (Development Chair), a Bay Area art museum that supports emerging artists and SEE International, a Santa Barbara-based NGO that provides free ophthalmology surgeries to children and adults within 34 countries. Ms. Ackerman is also on the advisory committee for 3Strands, based in Sacramento, addressing global human trafficking issues.
Ms. Ackerman earned her undergraduate degree from the University of Southern California, Los Angeles (Public Relations) and her graduate degree from Pepperdine University, (MBA with emphasis on strategic marketing). She is a frequent speaker at community events and panels related to philanthropic issues.
Ms. Ackerman resides in Napa, CA. She owns and manages Ackerman Family Vineyards, a boutique producer of cabernet sauvignon since 1995. She also is the owner of Ackerman Heritage House, an 1888 Queen Anne Victorian manor that she restored over five years and uses for wine and food related events. Ms. Ackerman enjoys travel, sailing, horseback riding and hiking.