Board of Directors

Setting the Course. Enabling the Future.

The Laird Norton Wealth Management Board of Directors ushers possibility into reality for the company and our clients. Members pull from their exemplary financial and business experience to provide strategic oversight and policies informed by the latest best practices in corporate governance and wealth planning. And because each director stands for re-election annually, our leadership sustains the highest levels of expertise, fluidity, and fresh energy. This drives Laird Norton Wealth Management to its consistent position as a leader in wealth management.

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Kristen Bauer

Chief Executive Officer, Laird Norton Wealth Management

Kristen Bauer, the CEO of Laird Norton Wealth Management, has more than two decades of experience in private wealth management, financial services, and business management. She is passionate about working closely with multiple generations within successful families to help them navigate challenges, change, and generational transitions. Kristen currently serves as board chair of the Nature Conservancy Washington Chapter and is president of the board of the Wilderness Awareness School.

Lisa Brummel

Retired Executive Vice President of Human Resources, Microsoft and Co-Owner, Seattle Storm

Lisa Brummel is a co-owner of the WNBA franchise Seattle Storm. She serves as a director of Laird Norton Wealth Management and is active in charitable ventures associated with Hopelink community services, the University of Washington Medical Center, Yale University, and the Women’s Funding Alliance. Ms. Brummel is a retired executive vice president of Human Services at Microsoft.

Scott Butterfield

Chief Client Services Officer

Scott Butterfield is chief client services officer at Laird Norton Wealth Management (LNWM). A CPA with more than 25 years of experience in financial services, Scott was a co-founder of Filament LLC, a wealth advisory firm that merged with LNWM in December 2020. Prior to that, Scott held senior leadership positions at the Quellos Group and Arthur Andersen’s Private Client Services group. He is actively involved in local nonprofits focused on mentoring and coaching and is a former board member of Friends of the Children Seattle.

John Goodwin

Chief Business Development Officer

John Goodwin is chief business development officer at Laird Norton Wealth Management (LNWM). A member of the Washington State Bar, John was a co-founder and managing member of Filament LLC, a wealth advisory firm that merged with LNWM in December 2020. John is a founding board member of the Seattle Philanthropic Advisors Network (SPAN), currently chairs the Seattle University Planned Giving Advisory Committee, and is a past trustee of the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center.

Christopher Hauswirth

Sr. Wealth Manager and Chief Business Development Officer, Wetherby Asset Management

Chris joined Wetherby in 1998 and is currently a senior wealth manager and chief of business development at the firm, which merged with Laird Norton Wealth Management in 2022. Prior to Wetherby, Chris co-founded and ran Hauswirth & Dunn Investment Management and was vice president and head of the financial advisor division at Robertson Stephens & Co. in San Francisco. He has participated in numerous community organizations in the San Francisco area, including serving on the Board of Trustees and Investment Committee at the Katherine Delmar Burke School.

Laura Jennings

Retired Vice President, MSN, Microsoft

Laura Jennings is a director of Laird Norton Wealth Management as well as Laird Norton Company, LLC and also serves as a director for YWCA Seattle-King County-Snohomish County & Affiliates. In addition, she is a regent of Washington State University. Ms. Jennings is a retired vice president of MSN, Microsoft Corporation.

Brian McGuigan

Executive Vice President of Enterprise Strategy and Corporate Development, Laird Norton Company

Brian McGuigan is executive vice president of enterprise strategy and corporate development at Laird Norton Company. He leads the team responsible for Laird Norton Company’s corporate development initiatives, including direct investments in operating companies, and participates in the development of corporate strategy. Brian has a BSc in chemical engineering from the University of Cape Town, an MBA from the USC Marshall School of Business, and is a Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst (CAIA). He also serves on the boards of Zevia LLC, WISErg Corporation and Heartland LLC.

C. Kirk Peacock

Co-Founder for Workzones and Regional Developer for Massage Envy Spa

Kirk Peacock is the co-founder for Workzones and Regional Developer for Massage Envy Spa. He serves as a director for Laird Norton Wealth Management and Laird Norton Company.

Julia W. Sze

Impact Investor

Julia has over 25 years of executive leadership experience in financial services as a portfolio manager, hedge fund manager, wealth advisor and CIO. Since 2008, she has been at the forefront of the impact investing field, working to build better environmental, social and corporate governance standards in businesses at all stages. Currently, Julia also serves on the Boards of Cavco Industries and Tern Bicycles and volunteers on the NDI NM Investment Committee, which serves over 7,000 New Mexican children through dance and music every year, and on the University of New Mexico’s Finance Advisory Board.

Jeffery S. Vincent

Chief Executive Officer, Laird Norton Company

Jeff Vincent is chief executive officer at Laird Norton Company. He is chair of the Laird Norton Wealth Management board and a director of the Laird Norton Company. As an active member of local nonprofits, Jeff supports a number of education and at-risk youth initiatives in Washington State. He currently serves as a member of the Washington Roundtable and is a past chairman of the Washington State Board of Education.

Jason Wernli

President, AllyDVM

Jason Wernli is president of AllyDVM, a software company he co-founded in 2011 to provide veterinary data and electronic communications solutions, which was acquired by Amerisource Bergen in 2018.  Prior to that, he founded Veterinary Innovations, a tech consulting firm focused on improving efficiencies within animal hospitals. Since 2003, Jason has done extensive volunteer work overseas, including a two-year stint in Latin America. Currently, he is the Chief Stewardship Officer of Daybreak Vision Project, a nonprofit focused on restoring sight to the needlessly blind in Africa.

Debra Wetherby

Managing Partner, Wetherby Asset Management

Deb founded Wetherby Asset Management in 1990 to serve clients with objectivity, integrity and thoughtfulness and continues as the firm’s managing partner after its merger with Laird Norton Wealth Management in 2022. Deb’s community and board work has included the Marin Community Foundation; the Advisory Board for the Center for Public and Nonprofit Leadership at the Haas School at the University of California, Berkeley; BRAC USA, working to improve the well-being of the poorest people in Africa and Asia; the National Endowment for Financial Education; and the UC San Francisco Foundation.

Board Observers

Conrad Gehrmann

Chief Financial Officer, Laird Norton Wealth Management

Conrad Gehrmann is chief financial officer at Laird Norton Wealth Management (LNWM). He was a co-founder of the wealth advisory firm Filament LLC, which merged with LNWM in December 2020. A CPA, Conrad co-lead Arthur Andersen’s Northwest Private Client Services group and held senior leadership positions at the Quellos Group. He is past chair of the Lupus Foundation of America and a long-time member of the Board of Trustees of Ashesi University Foundation in Ghana.

Stephen Janowsky

Chief Operating Officer, Wetherby Asset Management

As COO at Wetherby Asset Management, which merged with Laird Norton Wealth Management in 2022, Steve is responsible for guidance and oversight in multiple areas, including client services, internal operations, finance, human resources and business planning. Prior to joining Wetherby in 2005, Steve led North American operations at Proxicom and worked at Ernst & Young. He has served as president of the Larkspur Schools Foundation and honorary director on the board of Larkin Street Youth Services. He has also served as guest lecturer at Dominican University for the course Leadership and Change Management and is an enthusiastic youth rugby coach.