HI, I'M RACHEL :)
You might know about my professional experience from the Start Here page, so I'd love to share a bit more about who I am as a human... I'm an Advocate (INFJ) with extrovert characteristics, a life-long learner, and a people and culture enthusiast. My personal and professional motto is, "be that weird kid," meaning always be curious, keep a sense of wonder, and challenge the status quo. Life is a laboratory. Experiment. Learn. Iterate. Repeat.
MY TOP VALUES
Intentional, mindful communication
Emotional intelligence + (self-)compassion
Independence paired with teamwork
People Ops is a product
Honesty, trust, and integrity
Openness and drive to learn and grow
Laughter and silliness, of course!
THINGS I LOVE TO DO
Coach, facilitate, teach. Everyone has infinite potential!
Scale processes and automate wisely, but still make them feel human
Build things from scratch, experiment, and iterate
Solve complex problems and proactively make decisions
Rock climb, snorkel, try to play the ukulele, make delicious plant-based dishes, spicy salsas/chutneys, practice yoga and mindfulness, video game (Uncharted and AC), and learn (Now: open water diving and Catalan; Coming up: Gujarati)
CULTIVATING CULTURE AT DEVEX
Highlighted Work from a Remote Media Platform
As an online media platform, we are a hybrid-remote company. We have offices in DC, Barcelona, Manila, and 20% of our team is 100% remote (though we're fully remote right now due to COVID). Our teams consist of News, Creative, Analytics, Product Development, Marketing, Sales, and more.
As the People Team Lead, I lead a small team and am responsible for the end-to-end employee lifecycle, from the team roadmap to daily operations. It includes attraction, recruitment, onboarding, learning and development, Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion (DE&I), and offboarding. I collaborate with all teams, from recruiting a fantastic new Devexer to coaching and equipping all teams with the skills and tools to do their best work and achieve big goals (and love doing it!). #WeWorkTogether #WeEmbrace Transformation
Highlighted Work from a global EdTech Startup in San Francisco
As the 3rd Sprinboarder to join Springboard in San Franciso (and 8th globally), I led and scaled the global Student Operations from 80 to 1000 active students, managing a small team. I worked closely with marketing, mentor operations, product, engineering, and curriculum dev. I also cultivated and nurtured Springboard's culture as the unofficial People Ops person through leading retreats, facilitating team building and upskilling activities, and designing hiring and onboarding, so that as a team, we could help professionals excel in their careers through accessible, online mentor-led boot camps in UX, Analytics, and Data Science. #AlwaysBeLearning
DEVELOPING INTERNATIONAL EDUCATION PROGRAMS
Highlighted Work from San Francisco State University
I created and managed a pilot international summer program at SFSU. I oversaw marketing, admissions, program design, course offerings, professional development workshops, and cultural activities. I traveled globally for recruitment and to speak at conferences and study abroad fairs. During the summer season, I advised students, facilitated professional development workshops, company visits, and cultural activities. The video below sums up what it was like, and reminds me how much I miss those awe-inpiring students!