Jack London Park Partners, the nonprofit organization that operates Jack London State Historic Park, has welcomed Nancy Lasseter to its Board of Directors.
Lasseter moved to Sonoma County in 1993 and served as Founding Trustee for Sonoma Academy in 1999-2017 (she currently serves as Trustee Emeritus). She has raised funds for Sonoma Valley Education Foundation, the Sonoma County Children’s Home and the Juvenile Diabetic Research Foundation, San Francisco Chapter.
Lasseter worked as a computer engineer for Apple from 1986-1991. While at Apple, she directed a computer animated short film called “Pencil Test,” the first 3-D computer animated film created with personal Macintosh computers. This led to the invention of real time animation playback software, now known as QuickTime.
In 2000, she formed Lasseter Family Winery in Glen Ellen. Her philanthropic art and technology causes throughout Sonoma County have included Sonoma Community Center, Sonoma High School (Media Lab), Sonoma Country Day School (Art Wing), Sonoma Boys and Girls Club (Art Classroom), Sonoma Academy Media Lab and Financial Aid Fund, and Green Music Center (Projection System).
In 2003, she was named A Jewell of a Woman by The Girls Scouts of America, Konocti Council, which came as a surprise to her, considering that she has only sons – five of them.
“I am honored to be invited to join this collective group of brilliant thinkers, history buffs, and nature lovers,” she said. “Although I am not much of a hiker, I don’t cycle anymore; nor do I ride horses; nature is my church, and it inspires me deeply.
“I am captivated by history, and I connect with Jack and Charmian. I, too, chose to live here in this hamlet, to farm the land, and I hope to leave behind a tiny footprint on this earth. I like to go off on adventures; but I always come back here, to the place where I belong.”
Jack London State Historic Park, in Glen Ellen, is operated and funded by Jack London Park Partners, one of the first non-profit organizations to be entrusted with management of a state park on behalf of the people of California.