laurie tennant

Laurie Tennant

Vice President of People, Portfolio Services

Focus: Portfolio Services

Location: Palo Alto, San Francisco

Laurie has more than 20 years of experience in various human resources leadership roles in both start-up and large company environments.

As a member of the portfolio services team, Laurie serves as a strategic business partner to a wide variety of Norwest portfolio companies. Laurie advises portfolio executives on best practices around HR policies and programs, planning and infrastructure, and compliance guidance. She also collects and provides industry and portfolio company benchmarks for managing the people side of each portfolio company’s unique organization.

Before joining Norwest, Laurie was the director of HR services at a venture-backed technology start-up company. In this role she led the development and delivery of a comprehensive suite of products and services including benefits, payroll, training and consulting. Earlier, Laurie was a human capital consultant at TriNet HR, and spent 12 years at Accenture, most recently as the director of HR for Northern California.

Laurie is a certified professional coach and is recognized for her thought leadership and relationship-building skills.

Laurie holds a bachelor’s degree in economics and business administration from Kalamazoo College.

Get To Know Laurie

  • First (and worst) job:

    Egg collector at a big commercial egg farm

  • What was your favorite job?

    I spent a year and a half living in San Juan, Puerto Rico helping to implement the centralized accounting system for the government of the Commonwealth.

  • What is something that people may not know about you?

    I am a direct descendent of Domingo Alviso, one of the officers in the De Anza party that founded the Presidio in 1776.

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