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Director of People Operations
Syntiant Corp.Director of People Operations
Sep. 2022Irvine, California, United States๐–๐ก๐ž๐ง ๐๐ข๐ฅ๐จ๐ญ ๐€๐ˆ ๐ฐ๐š๐ฌ ๐š๐œ๐ช๐ฎ๐ข๐ซ๐ž๐ ๐›๐ฒ ๐’๐ฒ๐ง๐ญ๐ข๐š๐ง๐ญ, ๐ˆ ๐ฐ๐š๐ฌ ๐›๐ซ๐จ๐ฎ๐ ๐ก๐ญ ๐จ๐ง ๐š๐ฌ ๐ญ๐ก๐ž๐ข๐ซ ๐Ÿ๐ข๐ซ๐ฌ๐ญ ๐‡๐‘ ๐ฉ๐ซ๐จ๐Ÿ๐ž๐ฌ๐ฌ๐ข๐จ๐ง๐š๐ฅ. I oversee HR/people operations and provide strategic vision and execution aligned with organizational priorities. I manage all aspects of HR โ€” payroll, benefits, compensation, retirement plans, immigration actions, employee relations, and compliance. I am entrusted with corporate communications and leverage employee surveys to inform data-led HR initiatives. My scope includes facilities management. โ€ข Served as the companyโ€™s first-ever HR Leader. Crafted policies to integrate and manage worldwide technical team. โ€ข Developed and deployed change communications, including acquisition, integration, and program offerings. โ€ข Won Orange County Business Journalโ€™s Best Places to Work (2023). โ€ข 90% survey participation, leveraging results to inform HR strategy. โ€ข Introduced systems to promote inclusion and employee recognition/rewards. โ€ข Designed companyโ€™s first performance management process and continual feedback system, including feedback and recognition guides for leaders. Provided coaching to level up capabilities across the organization. โ€ข Introduced compensation philosophy, job leveling, salary ranges, and review system. Communicated and complied with Californiaโ€™s 2023 pay transparency law. โ€ข Led employee engagement programs and remained aware of and responsive to employee issues to maintain compliance and mitigate risk. I conducted 1:1 sessions with FTEs in US, Asia, and Europe. โ€ข Selected and managed new payroll platform.
HRBP & People Operations
Pilot AIHRBP & People Operations
Jul. 2018 - Sep. 2022Mountain View, CA(๐๐ข๐ฅ๐จ๐ญ ๐€๐ˆ ๐ฐ๐š๐ฌ ๐š๐œ๐ช๐ฎ๐ข๐ซ๐ž๐ ๐›๐ฒ ๐’๐ฒ๐ง๐ญ๐ข๐š๐ง๐ญ) I built and expanded the HR function as the inaugural Head of People Operations. I created and delivered HR programs dedicated to improving culture, benefits, safety, DEI, and more. I also managed payroll, AP/AR, financial reporting, vendor relationships, equity administration, and regulatory compliance. โ€ข Enabled scaled growth while priming the organization for acquisition. Conducted HR due diligence and led through acquisition and reorganization. โ€ข Articulated and communicated company values, principles, and policies. Developed first Employee Handbook. โ€ข Created and implemented first performance management system. โ€ข Improved employee engagement and workplace culture. Orchestrated events, teams, outings, and learning opportunities, as well as company-wide service opportunities. โ€ข Introduced first manager cohort, improving confidence, feedback, and trust among leadership team. โ€ข Ensured business continuity through two relocations. Secured locations/equipment and determined layout for workflow. โ€ข Coordinated COVID policies and communications, providing the training, equipment, and frameworks to work remotely. Applied for federal financial programs. โ€ข Developed employee recognition awards and events. Pilot AI Labs, Inc., is a venture backed company (70% engineers; investors include NEA), building a deep-learning based computer vision platform to solve real problems directly on compute-constrained embedded devices. We're working with some of the largest consumer electronics and chip companies.
Head of HR, Facilities & Administration
LytroHead of HR, Facilities & Administration
May. 2013 - May. 2018Mountain View, California(๐‹๐ฒ๐ญ๐ซ๐จ ๐ฐ๐š๐ฌ ๐š๐œ๐ช๐ฎ๐ข๐ซ๐ž๐ ๐›๐ฒ ๐†๐จ๐จ๐ ๐ฅ๐ž) As an HR business partner, I managed HR operations, company culture, and employee engagement to elevate business performance. My scope included benefits, payroll, recruiting, and immigration. I steered business transformation and managed 28K sq. ft. HQ and annual $2.5M+ G&A budget. โ€ข Improved core employee engagement metrics +20-30% over 3 years, based on survey โ€ข Designed and led biannual goal setting and performance feedback process with 100% participation. โ€ข Delivered highly rated new hire orientation. โ€ข Improved employee relations and facilitated events, including community service opportunities, recognition programs, and awards. โ€ข Created in-house leadership training based on needs assessment. โ€ข Planned/led reorganization, including change communications and asset sales. Acquired by Google, Lytro, Inc., Was a 150-person venture backed company (80% engineers; investors include a16z and NEA), revolutionizing photography and imaging through its patented light-field technology, featuring the worldโ€™s first professional Light Field powered solution to provide lifelike presence in VR.
Small Business Owner
Revamp Design Small Business Owner
Jan. 2008 - May. 2013San Francisco Bay AreaWith a client base primarily in Willow Glen, San Jose, I consulted on interior design, created home organization systems, made soft furnishings, and also led contractors (and personally participated) in the completion of over large-scale interior, exterior, office, and home renovations.
Art Installer/Preparator
San Jose Museum of ArtArt Installer/Preparator
Jul. 2010 - Apr. 2013San Jose, CA(In addition to running my own business.) Gallery preparation and art handling, member of the Design & Installation team, Silicon Valley's museum of modern and contemporary art.
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