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Head of US Banking at Silicon Valley Bank
Wheaton College, Norton

Person Details


Joan Parsons is head of US Banking for Silicon Valley Bank. Under her leadership, the US Banking Division has integrated its full spectrum of services on a national basis in order to help SVB’s clients across the country succeed. This division includes all regional banking and banking products as well as specialty debt products, mezzanine finance, corporate finance for large corporations, a specialized cleantech practice and SVB Analytics, which delivers information services, unique data to the technology industry, valuation opinions and equity compensation management solutions.

Joan Parsons has over 25 years of banking experience and has served Silicon Valley Bank in a variety of leadership positions since joining the company in 1994. After successfully leading and growing the Eastern Division of the company, Parsons took on the role of Head of US Banking in December 2008. In this capacity she is responsible for leading the Commercial Bank sales force in the company’s three divisions and 26 offices nationwide.

Before joining Silicon Valley Bank, Parsons served as the vice president of Corporate Banking for Fleet Bank of Massachusetts. Previously, Ms. Parsons served as vice president for Barclays Bank PLC and Mellon Bank. Across her banking career she has managed new business development, client relationship management, internal management, credit and risk management.

Parsons graduated cum laude from Wheaton College with a double major in Economics and Art History and studied at Dartmouth College and London School of Economics. She was honored with Silicon Valley Bank’s Biggerstaff Award in 1999 for individuals who exemplify the company’s Guiding Principles and demonstrate outstanding leadership, client focus and extraordinary performance.

Parsons is married with 2 children, lives bi-coastally in Dover, MA and Palo Alto, CA. She has supported and served on various committees including MA Telecommunications Council and MIT Enterprise Forum. Parsons is also a member of the Development Committee of the Charles River School and the Noble and Greenough School, and a Board member of The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.

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