North Park Capital Partners
Supporting companies in special situations

Our Team

Passion  Experience  Partnership





John DiDonato

John co-founded North Park Capital in 2016 as a family office vehicle focused on special situation investment opportunities in the “Rust Belt” region. John is currently a Managing Director of Huron Consulting Group, where he focuses on assisting underperforming companies. He has more than 25 years of extensive experience in reorganization, operational transformation, capital raising, buy side advisory and merger integration. His expertise encompasses a wide range of industries, including automotive OEMs, original equipment and aftermarket suppliers, mining, specialty paper manufacturers, integrated metal manufacturers, aerospace suppliers, engineering and construction, metals, equipment leasing, logistics, distribution, transportation, retail, among others. Throughout his crisis management career, John has raised replacement and exit financing in excess of $1.0B.

When he’s not on the road, John enjoys spending time with his wife and four children. He is an avid runner and Pittsburgh sports enthusiast.




Lauren Townsend

Lauren works as an independent consultant to North Park Capital Partners and its portfolio companies. She is responsible for all aspects of investment due diligence and execution as well as post-acquisition integration and strategy. Lauren has worked as an independent M&A consultant providing market and financial due diligence services to private equity and hedge fund clients for the last three years. Prior to that, Lauren was an Investment Associate with Incline Equity Partners where she focused on leveraged buyout transactions in the middle market. Lauren received her B.S. from Georgetown University.

Lauren enjoys spending time with her husband and young son. She and her husband also co-own an artisanal ice cream business headquartered in Pittsburgh.