Laura M. Jennings
Term Expires: September 30, 2021
Laura Jennings was appointed to the Board of Regents in July of 2005. She currently serves as the Founder and CEO of Knack, a Seattle-area social gifting marketplace. Regent Jennings spent 12 years as an executive at Microsoft Corporation, serving as Vice President of Worldwide Strategic Planning, Vice President of MSN and in various other capacities. After leaving Microsoft, she spent 3 years as a Senior Partner with leading international venture capital firm Atlas Venture, where she supervised investments in software start-up companies across their Seattle and Palo Alto offices.
Regent Jennings currently serves on the boards of Laird Norton Company, Laird Norton Wealth Management, and the YWCA of the USA, where she serves as Treasurer. She received a bachelor's degree in business from the University of Illinois in 1983 and a master's degree in management from the Kellogg School at Northwestern University in 1988.