Co-Founder & CEO
Much of who I am comes from my grandfather.
Years ago, he and his brother started a small biscuit company in Bangladesh, then turned it into one of the largest confectionery businesses in the country.
I grew up being around and looking up to him from a young age—his vision, passion, grit, hard work and dedication. He taught me the importance of thinking, acting and optimizing for long time horizons. Great things take time. Optimize for what you want your legacy to be.
At Stanford, I found myself surrounded by people who shared this same belief—and who had ambition pulsing through their veins in a way I’d never seen before. (Baris was one of these people, by the way.) The combination of drive, purpose and long-term thinking created an energy I loved.
That's the kind of energy Baris and I wanted to surround ourselves with when we started Human Capital. We love thinking about all the ways we can help engineers and founders—finding them the jobs they crave, investing in them as they get their companies off the ground, and developing new services that help them in new ways. We love bringing the right people and resources together.
Co-Founder & President
Most people meet their first recruiter when they’re looking for their first internship. I grew up with a recruiter: my mom. She ran an executive search firm in Turkey and we hosted candidates over for dinner frequently. Before I’d graduated from high school, I was more indoctrinated than your average teenager to the concept of career development and personal growth goals. The thing is, I also enjoyed those conversations more than your average teenager. I loved being around ambitious, driven people, then watching my mom match their underlying motivations with high-impact opportunities.
It became clear to me that when you find people with potential to do great things, and you help them do those things at scale, you make an entire ecosystem better. Find the people with that fire in their belly, that inextinguishable flame, the ones you fundamentally believe will make net positive change. Remove the barriers getting in their way. Amplify their strengths. Get out of the way when you need to. Make systematic impact.
These are the people we’ve built Human Capital around. These engineer founders are our center of gravity. People like Valentin Perez, founder of Monthly, who wants to create a universe of learners. Or Henrique Dubugras, founder of Brex, who wants to build financial infrastructure so more businesses can exist, because businesses produce a tremendous source of social good.
I fundamentally believe that the future belongs to those who can build it, and I love that I get to spend my days with engineers and founders are actually building it.
Chief Business Officer
I do what it takes to make Human Capital tick. My role includes fundraising, investor communications, strategy, financial forecasts, and budgeting—among a handful of other things.
My past has prepared me to take on each of these challenges: forming solid business foundations at McKinsey, getting exposure to global investments at Mubadala, scaling a start-up at Hello, and most recently as part of the investment team at Softbank.
I grew up and was educated in India, where I received an Engineering Degree followed by a Master’s. My education led me to the US, where I went to business school at Wharton.
I love people and relationships. That includes long-term partnerships that I’ve cherished for years, and new connections that I make everyday. I’m an extrovert in the truest sense.
I am so fortunate to have a loving wife, two beautiful children, and the world’s best puppy, Dumpling.
General Counsel & Chief Compliance Officer
I'm a lawyer with engineering in my blood. My father, his head and heart deep in the engineering challenges of his times (think early microprocessors), took our family on a trek around the globe to chase his craft. That took us from Iran, to Canada and finally to California–where he improved the SFMTA. Anytime I’m zooming in the tunnels on Muni, I have my dad’s software engineering skills to thank.
So I have an earned respect for engineers, their lives, and the monumental impact they have on the world around them. And though I did not follow in my father’s footsteps as an engineer, my career in law at Fenwick & West, Google Ventures, and AngelList has afforded me the privilege to support engineers and the companies they build.
I love that Human Capital is focused on the people element of this business. People much like my father—engineers who are building something great and are changing the world for the better.
As an Investment Partner at Human Capital, my primary focus is investing and working with founders to build large, next-generation enterprise companies.
I’ve always been drawn to building and growing organizations through a sales-focused lens. After graduating from the University of Missouri. I started my career in sales at Oracle, before growing into a leadership role at BladeLogic. I was able to build upon the experience I gained from each of my previous roles into being a 3x CRO growing revenue 0-100M at Vitrue, Tealium, and ThoughtSpot. I loved the challenge of the pre-revenue startup, finding product-market fit, and scaling at hyper speed.
Before joining Human Capital, I was a Managing Director at Sutter Hill Ventures, primarily focusing on investing and incubating enterprise companies.
Chief Operating Officer
As Chief Operating Officer, I’m responsible for the firm’s suite of services that supports our engineers and portfolio companies. I’m also responsible for the teams at Human Capital that enable us to do our best work: People, Engineering and Operations.
I’ve spent my entire career in talent—from placing engineers at the earliest dotcom startups to leading the Global Talent Acquisition team at Uber. Roles with Salesforce and Korn/Ferry along the way gave me the foundation and tools to approach the talent function with a balance of operational excellence and business acumen.
I’m a people person, but not an extrovert. I’m fascinated by the intersection of our dreams, fears, ego and humility. I love experiencing new cultures and learning how people’s beliefs and customs have been shaped.
Charles Kettering once said: “I like thinking about the future, because the future is where I’m going to be spending the rest of my life.” At Human Capital, I get to do just that by backing founders who are building the future we’re all going to live in—from the first time entrepreneur looking to take the plunge to the serial founders building their third or fourth company.
I started my career in venture capital at Andreessen Horowitz before transitioning into operating roles, joining Qasar Younis & Peter Ludwig as the 10th employee at Applied Intuition after a detour doing my JD/MBA at Stanford.
I credit my initial obsession with people building the future to my years at the State Department & White House, where I was first exposed to some of the most mission driven people in the world.
In addition to working with visionary founders every day, thinking about the world my two kids will live in keeps me focused on that future.
Adelia Curtis Duarte
Operating Partner, Talent
As someone who moved around a lot from an early age (I took my first international flight as a 3-month old!), I quickly learned the value of making connections with people, and over time recognized the importance of maintaining and nurturing those relationships. That trait would prove invaluable in the talent space and foster a career passion in recruiting.
I’ve spent the bulk of my career in high growth tech startups, seeing both the highs and lows of scale, market fit, and—perhaps most critically–hiring decisions. From starting out at Opower when it was a private, 30-person company, to helping Uber scale from 600 employees to 30,000, to leading Reddit’s recruiting team through the company’s fastest stage of hypergrowth—doubling the organization—I’ve had the opportunity to work with and build incredible teams.
My role at Human Capital is to partner with founders and leaders in building their own world class teams while also applying our learnings effectively across our portfolio to create maximum impact. I’m excited to lead a phenomenal team who brings this vision to life.
Outside of the office, you can find me exploring the east coast seasons with my husband, daughter, and schnoodle, or curled up with a good book.
Operating Partner, Talent
Solving business problems via people resonates with who I am and what I care about. It’s why I chose a job in executive search straight out of college, and it’s why I’ve remained in the talent world throughout my career.
As someone who’s energized by different environments and problem sets, I’ve loved being able to experience companies at various stages of their growth cycles, and across different roles within recruiting. Most recently, I led the Global Recruiting Team at Pinterest, and before that worked at Uber and AppNexus, where I oversaw various teams ranging from tech recruiting to sourcing to diversity recruiting. Over that time, I lived and worked in New York City, London, and San Francisco.
As an Operating Partner at Human Capital, I partner with founders and recruiting leaders to build and scale their organizations. I care deeply about what I do and am inspired by working with those who chase big dreams.
After years of being a nomad, I’m now settled in the East Bay and am so lucky to have a wonderful husband, two (very high-energy) boys and a goofy dog named Bernie.
Operating Partner, Talent
Upon moving to the Bay Area, it was hard not to notice tech companies altering the skyline, and it sparked a desire to get involved in something transformative. Recruiting was my foot in the door, but I thought it would just be a stepping stone back into sales. Or at least that was the plan…
I instantly fell in love with the aspect of connecting people to opportunity, but there’s a part of it that has never sat well–I’ve always felt an aversion toward introducing myself as a recruiter. The negative connotations of spamming, missing calls, going dark, hard closes, and slimy negotiation tactics are not who I am.
Throughout my career in recruiting I’ve strived to deliver a higher quality experience to both candidates and companies alike. To me, this is essential for building long-term relationships and healthy organizations. You simply can’t be reckless in this space and expect to attract, grow, and retain the talent to build a game changing company. This journey started at Google where I grew to lead technical and non-technical sourcing teams, continued at Shift during their Series A, and eventually at Plaid–where I led technical recruiting and recruiting operations to help them grow from 400 to over 1,000 employees.
As an Operating Partner at Human Capital, I get to walk alongside founders and recruiting teams–helping them instill healthy hiring practices and an authentic approach to talent acquisition. My team helps build tailored strategies fit for the stage of a company’s growth to discover, engage, and convert the talent that will bring their vision to life.
Operating Partner, Talent
I am my father’s son, someone who cares about others deeply and gives first. I knew out of college that I wanted to help people, like my Dad, but did not know in which career path I could do that best. I started my career in finance helping folks create a plan to achieve their financial goals. I learned a lot about running my own practice but also knew this field was not for me.
The recruiting life chose me, I did not choose it. I started at Google as a contract sourcer. I learned how to find, court, and close top engineering talent and ended up being converted to full-time. I rose the ranks at Google redefining the way sourcers and recruiters use data to own and tell their story to business leaders. My wife and I helped open the Austin, TX office for Google. My claim to fame is hiring 100 sourcers in 5 weeks! I then moved onto Dropbox building the sourcing and tech staffing function at Dropbox from the ground up. Most recently I was the Global Head of Recruitment at Dropbox, helping to lead a team of 130+ Dropboxers developing and innovating cutting-edge staffing practices and outcomes.
I love to build systems and high functioning recruiting teams. I am very excited to do this for our portfolio companies.
Operating Partner, Talent
My journey started as an academic counselor for freshman in the College of Engineering at Boston University. I was passionate about the programs and support models (both personal and academic) we provided to the students. My transition into recruiting felt natural as I was able to continue to evolve relationships and have impact on both candidate and business goals and advancement.
My introduction to tech started at Salesforce when the company was just 4,000 employees. Starting as a recruiter, I transitioned into management eventually leading the Infrastructure Engineering and Security hiring. These technical hires were critical to the product foundation as Salesforce scaled to 75,000 employees. I continued on to Grand Rounds to lead the Talent Acquisition team, which involved building out and scaling this mission-driven organization. Most recently, I led the Tableau Global Recruiting team through a critical time of growth and transition following their acquisition.
My role as an Operating Partner at Human Capital gives me the opportunity to partner with founders and their leaders to set up infrastructure and scale their teams. By understanding their most critical needs in the various stages of growth we can create a strategy for a path forward.
Outside of the office you can find me skiing, hiking, wine tasting and spending time with family and friends on the east coast.
Operating Partner, Talent
Variety is the spice of life, and this rings true for me as an Operating Partner with Human Capital. I lead a team of brilliant Talent Consultants to help founders and their companies scale. Whether it's going from 3 to 6 within an autonomous vehicle company, or 50 to 100 within a healthcare tech organization, my goal is to connect engineers with the companies where they can have meaningful impact—both on their personal careers and on the businesses they help build.
It’s still all about the people, and building lifelong relationships is paramount. We aim to inform engineers of emerging disruptors, updates on our portfolio companies, and arm them with the knowledge they need to make informed decisions about their careers and futures.
Prior to joining Human Capital, I spent 8 years at Google and Uber, building large scale sourcing and recruiting functions of over 40+ employees across the most cutting edge technologies on the market. Whether it was Self Driving Cars, E-Bikes and Scooters, or Flying Cars, or any other innovative idea, our team helped match exciting businesses to great technical talent.
I like to think of myself as a jack of all trades— and I rarely say no to something new. I’ve done extra curricular activities ranging from extreme sports like solo skydiving, to more patient work like growing and maintaining an herb garden. Professionally, I enjoy doing the analytical and systems focused work that makes teams more efficient and effective.
Sr. Principal, Talent
I partner with our portfolio companies to build out high-functioning engineering teams. I love collaborating with engineers–we think, communicate and solve problems differently, and I value that perspective.
Before Human Capital, I was at a recruiting startup that partners with venture firms to build out the companies they invested in. Now in venture myself, it’s all come full circle!
Outside of work, you can find me walking over 13,000 steps a day, listening to podcasts, and exploring my neighborhood in Brooklyn across the myriad of coffee shops, restaurants, and parks.
Sr. Principal, Talent Operations
As a hardcore introvert, it was a bit of a shock to everyone – including me – that I landed in a role that had me talking to strangers all day. But after college I quickly realized how much meaning I got out of the recruiting world. Putting nervous candidates at ease, listening attentively to their stories, and providing guidance along the way had me hooked from the start.
Since those early days, my career has been all about growing teams and building the infrastructure to do it at scale. This has ranged from startups of 1000 employees during hypergrowth, to the operational excellence needed by complex organizations of 30,000 employees — and every stage in between. I was fortunate enough to experience it all, including the highs and lows, over my eight years helping scale Uber.
Across my time in recruiting leadership and program management, I learned at an atomic level how process, tools, and behavior combine to make a recruiting engine run well, and ultimately produce a culture that exceptional people want to be a part of. I’m thrilled to partner with leaders on their own company-building journeys in my role on the Talent Operations team at Human Capital. I help them bring effective hiring infrastructure to life.
In my downtime, you can find me hiking or running on a Colorado trail, fly fishing with friends, playing classical piano, or working on my novel.
Sr. Principal, Talent
Throughout my career I’ve focused on building strong teams and helping people around me reach their goals. As a Principal at Human Capital, I partner with founders to build their engineering organizations, and with engineers to elevate their careers. I invest my heart in what I do, care deeply about people I work with, and invest for the long term.
I grew up in a big Vietnamese family that immigrated to the United States together and settled down in Los Angeles in a tight radius (10 cousins lived on my block!).
I love that Silicon Valley is a small community where everyone knows everyone.
Growing up, my parents provided me with a lot of freedom to explore my interests. Academically, I gravitated towards math and CS because I appreciated the process of building on top of fundamental concepts and tools to solve more complex problems. Outside of class, you’d typically find me in either the dance or taekwondo studio.
Looking back, I realize that all of these early interests were connected by the fact that committing to the craft means embarking on a continuous journey of learning and perfecting.
My love for learning has carried through to the present day. The Human Capital team shares my enthusiasm for the tech space, and more importantly, the passion to learn and build alongside founders who look to be pioneers in their domain.
Sr. Principal, Talent
I’m a small town American kid that grew up in the cornfields of Illinois and the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia. I was the first person in my family to ever own a passport, and now I’ve lived in four different countries. I currently live in the most diverse city in the world — Toronto!
Before jumping into the startup world, I worked at Capital One Labs — where I learned how fulfilling it can be to operate as an embedded technical recruiter, and also that a small, scrappy team can make an outsized impact on a business.
I’ve gone on to be the first full-time recruiter for a few different startups, and even had the privilege of riding one of those experiences through an IPO. I’m now hooked on working with early-stage companies and founders to build foundational teams!
I’m a proud husband and dad. Outside of work, you can find me traveling with my family or chasing my toddler and dog around the yard.
IT & Security Lead
Ever since I was a teen I've enjoyed helping folks solve technology and computer problems. From helping elderly folks in my community build and setup their computers during high school to leading and scaling Internal Technology teams at companies like MasterClass and Digit, my focus has always been the same; teach people how to use technology securely and efficiently.
I find the same similarity between myself and some of the founders and builders that partner with Human Capital. Human Capital puts finding the right talented people that are passionate about technology at the forefront of it's mission to build a better future.
Sr. Principal, Talent
I was instilled with the values of working hard and treating people with respect at an early age. From K-12, I maintained a perfect 4.0 GPA–not because I was the smartest–but I chose to work hard to finance my own college education. I wanted to take that burden off my parents. One of my proudest accomplishments is attending Virginia Tech, where I played Football (go Hokies!) on a full scholarship.
My dream was to play in the NFL, but after a knee injury that dream was cut short. Along the way, I learned that I love coaching, building plans, and executing those plans successfully–hence, my recruiting career was born!
Eight years ago, my wife and I drove from Charlotte, NC to Austin, TX. Neither of us had ever been to Austin, let alone Texas. I worked for Google for almost four years and helped to build out the Code Jam, TopCoder, Front End, and Mobile Channels recruiting teams. Most recently, I helped build the sourcing function for DBX that took the company through IPO and beyond.
I’ve had the opportunity to work with some of the brightest people in recruiting and I’m excited to continue learning and growing with the industry’s best here at Human Capital.
As part of the Finance team, I keep the machine oiled. Most of what I do is on the tax side, but I cover other functions as well.
I’ve been working in the alternative investments industry for 18 years. Before joining Human Capital I spent time at a small fund administrator, followed by working in the asset management group at a global investment bank, and then a global public accounting firm. So I’ve seen it all.
I love solving problems, getting to the right answer, and learning new things—and tax definitely involves all of that.
I am married with four kids ranging from pre-K to college, so I’m in every stage of parenthood all at the same time.
As a Principal, I help founders build highly functioning teams. I love digging in to understand the innovative products and services developed by the incredible founders and their teams at our portfolio companies.
Previously, as the first recruiting hire at fintech startup Clear Street, I helped scale the company to over 250 people. I deeply value the connections I’ve made at Clear Street and throughout my career and look forward to expanding my network in my role at Human Capital.
In my spare time, I’m an amateur botanist and I enjoy keeping up with tech startup news.
Being one of the oldest of over 50 cousins has had a major impact on who I am today. I’m passionate about helping others, as I’ve always been there for my family, and I’m extremely focused on efficiency and organization–someone has to keep everything in order, right?
At Human Capital, I do everything I can to keep things running smoothly for our executive team. I enjoy streamlining processes and helping my executives’ lives run smoothly.
During my downtime, I love to read, cook, and keep active. You can usually catch me running a 5K or half-marathon, playing basketball or softball, and playing master chef in the kitchen.
I support and partner with our Chief Business Officer, and logistically organize his day to day. Prior to working at Human Capital, I was an Executive Assistant for the Public Finance team at Cain Brothers, a healthcare investment bank, and an Executive Assistant in Private Client at Bernstein Global Wealth Management. I love supporting and helping organize great thought leaders as they steer us into the future.
Outside of work I love to be outdoors, anything from running to hiking, to having brunch al fresco. I am also an avid reader and try to read daily.
I’ve always enjoyed thinking about history’s counterfactuals. What would our world look like if the industrial revolution had erupted 2,000 rather than 200 years ago?
The first steam engine was devised in 1st century CE Roman Egypt by a mathematician, Hero of Alexandria. Yet not until the 18th century did this technology, once rediscovered, find meaningful economic application. Had Hero only found the right contemporary collaborators, he could well have initiated the age of steam power in ancient Rome.
At Human Capital, I get to back a modern generation of Hero(e)s bringing new technologies and ideas to the world.
Before joining Human Capital, I invested in growth-stage startups at Invus Opportunities, a New York-based investment firm, and helped advise Fortune-500 companies at Mckinsey & Co. I also spent a fascinating year in Beijing studying as a Schwarzman Scholar.
Manager, Portfolio Operations
I’ve worked in a relatively broad range of environments over the course of my career, but two things remain consistent across my experiences: I gravitate toward the People space, and data is at the core of both my work and decision-making process.
After several years in management consulting, I found my way to Uber where I focused on recruiting analytics, data infrastructure, and broader people analytics. Most recently, I led a Workforce Strategy team at Facebook/Meta—where the size of the organization roughly tripled over just a few years—supporting recruiting, managing headcount and workforce planning, establishing recruiting and HR analytics, working on systems and automation, and implementing flexible and remote work strategies.
Outside of work, you can find me hanging out with my partner Wil, our two dogs, Helen and Hugo, picking up new hobbies (most recently, woodworking), or taking on projects around the house.
Head of People
Ever since I can remember, I’ve been fascinated by what motivates people. In my attempt to better understand why people do what they do, I pursued a degree in Psychology. I wanted to learn more about how the brain works, and more importantly, what a group of people with a shared purpose are capable of doing together.
I’ve carried those learnings with me throughout my career in tech – operating as an HR Partner for people teams, enabling leaders to build and grow exceptional teams.
Now as the Head of People at Human Capital, I’m focused on helping build a culture where our people do their best work and build meaningful careers
Sr. Principal, Talent
I believe that everything happens for a reason. I was fortunate enough to graduate during one of the toughest economic downturns of my generation. Hitting a brick wall right after college forced me to drop all expectations and pursue paths I didn’t know existed. As fate would have it, I was launched into an international career of executive search and talent acquisition over the next 12 years. Splitting my time between Southeast Asia, New York, and San Francisco, I found myself most comfortable working in multi-cultural and ambiguous environments within hyper-growth startups during their most dramatic inflection points. Today I continue to leverage my passion for connecting with people and finding the best way to help companies achieve their goals.
When I’m not in the office, you can find me competing in amateur golf tournaments or studying flight schedules, fare codes, and analyzing algorithms to maximize potential on frequent flier miles.
Sr. Associate, Investment
Entrepreneurship appealed to me from a very young age. I was always ready to do something tangible after quickly getting bored with theory. This interest solidified after a 4 week summer program at MIT in 10th grade, where we took entrepreneurship classes during the day and worked on our “startups” at night. It was one of the most fun experiences of my entire life, and that’s mostly due to the amazing people that I met.
I spent most of my high school and college career teaching other people about entrepreneurship and creating communities of friends who had similar interests. From starting an incubator in high school to leading several entrepreneurship organizations at Michigan, I enjoy creating avenues for others to discover entrepreneurship, hoping that it would have the same impact on their lives as it had on mine.
My role at Human Capital serves as the perfect continuation of that goal. I work with students to help them navigate their entrepreneurial journeys and figure out the tools they need to build something of their own.
San Francisco has been my home for almost 20 years, but I’m still an East Coast girl at heart. I grew up in the suburbs of New Jersey within a rich array of ethnicities, religions, and cultures. Creativity of all kinds was encouraged and nurtured at home and in school. If I wasn’t drawing or painting, I had my nose in a book. My passions continued through college where I completed a double major in English and History and a minor in Art History at Rutgers University.
Upon moving to San Francisco, I accepted a role as an Executive Assistant at an art gallery. My intent was to learn the business and eventually open my own. It didn’t take long for me to learn that being an EA allowed me to indulge my creativity far more than owning an art gallery. My career trajectory took a new turn and I haven’t looked back.
My role at Human Capital is in support of our COO. Nurturing relationships, efficient problem-solving, and streamlining processes are my core responsibilities. I’m also happy to pitch in in any way to contribute to Human Capital’s success in a meaningful way.
Associate, Talent Operations
Since graduating from Chico State with a degree in communications, I’ve worked in a variety of different environments — a concierge at The Ritz-Carlton, a reservationist in Bodega Bay, a leasing agent at an apartment complex in San Francisco, and most recently a recruiting coordinator at Robinhood. Looking back on these experiences, it is clear that each of my past roles shared a common goal - to create a positive and memorable experience for the client.
Here at Human Capital I have the opportunity to partner with portfolio companies to assist in streamlining their hiring processes. My goal is that each candidate walks away from the interview process feeling taken care of, regardless of the outcome.
Outside of work, you can find me roaming around the city of San Francisco - probably going to the park during the day and a concert at night! If I’m not in the city, I’m back in Petaluma with my family and adorable mini dachshund – Sunny.
Director of Portfolio Operations
My dad taught me to hustle and to always be helpful, while my mom taught me how to think creatively. These lessons have flowed into all aspects of my life.
After graduating from Wesleyan, I was a high school math teacher through Teach For America, then a management consultant at Oliver Wyman, then the Director of Strategy for Weld North Education. Along the way, I learned how to communicate, manage projects, and grow companies–while working with the most amazing people.
At Human Capital, I give our engineers, our portfolio companies, and our teams leverage so that they can do their jobs more efficiently and effectively. I do that by developing hypotheses and frameworks, quantifying strategic options, and assessing their efficacy in an organized, analytical fashion.
When I’m not working, I love finding and eating ice cream, lifting things up and putting them down repetitively, brainstorming startup ideas with friends, and traversing scenic terrains.
Raised in a small town in Northern California, I always knew I wanted to relocate to the Bay Area. Soon after I graduated with my B.S. in Human Development from the University of California, Davis, I made my way to the city and began a new career in executive support. I had some early exposure to venture capital and learned that I love being part of a team that supports entrepreneurship and innovation.
At Human Capital, I'm excited and inspired by the collaborative environment, compassionate teammates, and our creative, energetic founders. It’s satisfying to help things run smoothly, and I get to enjoy a diverse set of projects–often interesting and unpredictable ones. There is never a dull day, to say the least.
Outside of work, I enjoy binge watching my favorite tv shows, yoga, and self care. I love being outdoors–going on walks while listening to my favorite artists and podcasts.
My role at Human Capital is working with the finance team to keep the lights on. As a senior accountant, I focus on day-to-day tasks to ensure we provide our reports to our LPs in a timely manner.
Prior to joining Human Capital, I worked in both public accounting and as a fund administrator. My time in fund administration opened my eyes to the venture capital world and piqued my interest in understanding how VC worked from the inside.
In my free time, I love to decompress by putting in some headphones and finding a nearby hike, taking advantage of the remote work environment, or catching up with friends.
Sr. Principal, Talent
I'm a Southern California native with the mind and heart of a scrappy entrepreneur who lives for technological innovation. After graduating from college in Northern California the core of who I was had shifted, and I set off to San Francisco with big hopes and little clue as to where life would take me.
Fast-forward 12 years and I’ve spent a little over a decade helping build and scale high-growth companies ranging from Seed to Enterprise stage all while navigating the ebbs and flows of the ever-changing, harmonious-yet-volatile tech industry.
After several years in recruiting consulting, I found my way to Slack where I helped build their product, design, and engineering teams and eventually moved on to lead an organization of 30+ recruiters, sourcers, and recruiting managers. During that time I learned the true meaning of inspiring trust, unlocking performance, creating clarity, and building a high-performing, autonomous team.
Compliance—it's not for everyone, but it is for me!
I’ve spent more than a decade in the legal and compliance departments of small/medium size commercial real estate investment firms, large private equity firms, and with companies ranging in AUM from a few million to over a billion as a consultant. In that time I’ve learned a thing or two about how to build compliance programs, implement their infrastructure, and create a culture of compliance. I’m excited to bring that experience to Human Capital.
My parents' backgrounds as university professors deeply influenced my upbringing. From the time I was young, I always seeked opportunities to mentor and connect with others. Today, I am lucky enough to bring this skillset to the recruiting chair, where I mentor candidates and connect with incredible companies every day.
I started my recruiting career at TEKsystems, where I partnered with engineering leaders to build technical teams for Apple Pay, Facebook Workplace, and Intuit Quickbooks. Through this experience, I fell in love with the world of technology and my impact on engineer’s lives. From there, I decided to challenge myself in the startup world. I joined Brex in early 2021 and had the time of my life scaling the company from 500 to >1000 employees. Brex taught me the importance of moving fast without compromising a high technical bar.
At Human Capital, I partner with our portfolio companies to help unlock their full potential. My aim is to connect top-tier talent with the most exciting technological challenges of our time. Great people are the lifeblood of innovation, and I am grateful to be a part of their journey.
Outside of work, I’m usually on the sidelines coaching my youth soccer team, exploring Northern CA’s food and wine scene, or traveling to a peaceful destination.
Like most people in the industry, I fell into recruiting. As a child, I always gravitated towards interacting with people and acts of service. From operating the front counter at my father's hardware store to spending summers in college traveling to Ecuador to volunteer, I became energized through helping people.
My career started at LivingSocial, where I experienced firsthand the art of 'fail fast' and helped grow the company to over 5,000 people at its peak. It prepared me for the enormous growth that was taking place at Uber, where I spent over five years building out their operations teams from the ground up. Not only did I get to develop my skills there, but I also met some of the most amazing and intelligent people along the way.
I learned that the more I pushed myself outside of my comfort zone, the more I'd continue to learn and grow personally and professionally, and that was something that became a north star for me in anything I do.
At Human Capital, I'm working alongside our teams to help identify and attract some of the best talent in the market so we can continue to do what we do best—build relationships and unlock potential.
Growing up in Manitoba, Canada, I was exposed from a young age to more “traditional” entrepreneurs. Agriculture conglomerates, medical device companies, and HVAC manufacturers were the foundation of Manitoba’s economy, and their founders would leave legacies on our community for generations to come.
At Human Capital, I partner with founders all working to leave their imprint on the world (albeit in a more modern, tech-enabled sense). I’m constantly excited by the opportunity to work with and learn from these contemporary visionaries to solve some of the world’s most crucial problems and leave a lasting legacy.
Prior to Human Capital, I worked in the investment banking group at PJT Partners, where I helped advise Fortune-500 companies across fintech, media, sports and financial services on corporate strategy and M&A execution.
Outside of work, you can find me exploring New York’s newest coffee shops, getting dunked on at local pickup basketball courts, or testing out my stand-up comedy material on entirely unamused audiences.
I was always a curious kid - very talkative with a ton of questions. My father always told me I’d become a lawyer due to my non-stop interrogation and dinnertime debates. I enjoy breaking things down - figuring out how and why they tick. I was fortunate enough to start my career in southern California working for a major mutual fund company. Having grown up in the midwest, I was astonished by and quickly became obsessed with California’s natural landscapes. I began traveling each weekend to explore and photograph the state. My photography picked up steam and I decided to take a leap of faith in my mid 20’s - leaving my comfortable job to book a one way flight to Myanmar. My next few years were spent traveling the world fulltime as a freelance adventure photographer - pitching around my ‘bucket list’ and working for brands such as Adobe, Forbes, and Google.
Shortly before the pandemic, I came to the realization that photography suits me better as a creative outlet rather than something that pays my bills; I decided to head back to California to build a more sustainable career, home, and life. I joined a fast growing fintech startup and spent the next couple years helping to scale the operations and compliance teams. At Human Capital, I’m the wheels on the ground of the compliance program - helping support the legal and compliance team as I continue to expand my knowledge in the venture capital space.
Principal, Fund Strategy and Operations
At Human Capital I collaborate across the Executive, Legal, Operations, Finance, and Investment teams to manage our pools of capital and support our existing and prospective Limited Partner relationships.
I began college excited to study art history – I love the way an artwork serves as a window into a time, place, culture, and perspective. The study of art history taught me not to lose sight of the forest for the trees, but rather to evaluate the broader vision while still appreciating the most minute, intricate details of a work. I ultimately moved into finance with the realization that I could apply the same duality of perspective in the business world. In Private Credit fund & product strategy, I managed details and processes while also focusing on the big picture to build meaningful relationships with clients, find creative solutions, and drive long term strategic growth. I loved the cross functional nature of this seat, allowing me to wear many hats and touch on all aspects of the process including legal, operations, investment, sales, and more.
Ever since helping my father out with his early-stage biotech startup during my high school years, I have been drawn towards entrepreneurship and venture. When the opportunity to pursue Fund Strategy & Operations / Investor Relations arose at Human Capital, a venture fund with an unparalleled approach, I jumped at it.
I love challenging myself and going out of my comfort zone – it’s the best way to learn what I am truly capable of. Whether that’s taking on new projects, hiking new trails, or meeting new people, I’m excited to try new things and grow through those experiences. I also tend to play devil’s advocate and question everything – I find that understanding the “why” behind legacy systems and approaches often leads to new ideas and creative solutions.
Sr. Principal, Talent
Faced with a tough job market, after college, I moved to South Korea for a job opportunity despite being unfamiliar with the language or culture. This experience taught me the value of taking risks and the importance of being able to form connections in new environments. These same lessons have proven to be invaluable throughout my startup recruiting career ever since. I specialize in building high performing teams at rapidly growing startups. I’ve been on leadership teams during critical moments of both expansion and contraction. These experiences have made me an effective advisor in a range of business environments. I’m driven by a desire to build best-in-class teams, and businesses that thrive, even in challenging times.
In my role at Human Capital, I'm embedded within startups to quickly assess their environment and partner with leadership to build a plan to solve their hiring needs.
Outside of work, you can find me spending time on Lake Michigan with my family, reading, and exploring new cultures through travel and New York City’s amazingly diverse dining options.
I take things apart. When I was a kid I was fascinated by remote control cars and how they worked. After a while I actually put some back together. When I started in college my first major was in game design, but in 2008 the economic sky started falling and I wanted to know why. I finished undergrad with a double major in economics and finance with a minor in accounting.
After college I found myself in operations departments doing reporting for hedge funds, UCITs, and venture capital. I also took a short stop working for prosecuting attorneys where I calculated the impact of financial fraud on some of the largest pension funds in the world.
In every role I excelled at breaking down processes and leveraging the available tools to reduce manual intervention. This allows for faster and more accurate results. Bill Gates once said “I will always choose a lazy person to do a difficult job, because a lazy person will find an easy way to do it.” I prefer the term efficient, but potato potato.
I live with my wife Michelle and my dog Twiggy in Downingtown, Pennsylvania. I start and finish my work days by walking Twiggy through the park that runs through our town.
At Human Capital I work with the operations team to produce and support the quarterly reporting on the investments side. I find ways to improve operations processes by reducing manual intervention and potential risk exposure.
As a San Francisco native, starting my education just 2 blocks away from Human Capital HQ, I was lucky to grow up in the heart of the City and witness the diversity it offers. It was that interest in people that led me to pursue a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology at the University of Arizona. After graduation, my ties to the legal world (my immediate family members are in the legal field) led me to becoming a legal assistant and paralegal. I received my paralegal certification from UC Berkeley. I have worked for 10 years in firms of different sizes ranging from a sole practitioner to a large national firm with hundreds of attorneys.
After working and living in Colorado for the last 5 years, I was happy to return to the Bay Area and fortunate to have the opportunity to work at Human Capital where I support our General Counsel and Chief Compliance Officer.
When not working, you can find me snowboarding in the mountains of Tahoe, water skiing on the California Delta or hiking with my two-year-old yellow lab, Cisco. I look forward to going places I’ve never been. My true passion is traveling throughout the US and other parts of the world.
Born and raised in San Francisco, I’ve always been interested in the technological advancements and innovations taking place here. Finding my way to technical recruiting has allowed me to play a part in this amazing industry.
My career has been focused on building exceptional teams and helping people navigate towards the things that are most important to them. As a Principal at Human Capital, I’m fortunate to be supporting founders and engineers who are working to build the world of tomorrow.
Outside of work, I’m an avid Bay Area sports fan, reader, and a lover of the outdoors. From hiking the coastal redwoods to backpacking in the high Sierras, I have no shortage of adventures at my doorstep!
As the daughter of an officer in the U.S. Navy, I grew up moving around the country and the world. This upbringing instilled a love of both new challenges and people, which is an attitude I bring to Human Capital every day.
I’ve had the privilege of advising founders since my time as a student at Yale Law, where I joined the Entrepreneurship and Innovation Clinic. I was inspired by the work my startup clients were doing to make the world a better place, and relished the opportunity to serve as a trusted advisor to them throughout their growth. I knew I wanted to continue to work with founders and went straight to Cooley, where I was able to guide dozens of startups through their formation, the novel legal issues that come up every day while breaking barriers, and some exciting exits. I feel fortunate to continue this journey as a lawyer at Human Capital.
I love bringing people together both inside and outside of work. In my free time you’ll find me throwing dinner parties, playing team sports, and traveling with groups of friends!
Sr. Associate, Talent Operations
As the son of a small business owner and an HR professional, the thrill and challenge of entrepreneurship and the energy and excitement of working with people was ingrained in me at an early age. I’ve always wanted to pursue something entrepreneurial and people-oriented that would impact the world in a positive way.
After completing my undergraduate education at the University of Illinois, I started my career at Deloitte in their Human Capital Consulting practice where I built a strong foundation of business skills and supported a variety of engagements that touched all things HR and Talent – organization design, change management, workforce strategy, and more.
At Human Capital, my role involves taking all of these skills and experiences and using them to support the work of our Operating Partners day-to-day with our founders, at organizations that we believe will fundamentally change the world.
Both inside and outside work, I love learning and trying new things. I enjoy running (I recently completed my first marathon), cooking (I’m learning how to cook more Indian food to connect with my roots), and traveling (Japan, Thailand, and Vietnam are next on my list!).
Principal, Legal Operations
I love routine, structure, and solving problems. As a kid, it would only take me about a week of summer break before I drove my parents insane, bouncing off the walls without a set agenda. I still operate this way and can’t help but apply frameworks to everything I come into contact with.
The only thing that I value more than structure and solutions are the people around me—I recognize the paramount importance of a team and the bonds within.
At Human Capital, I manage legal functions and programs, interface with our Director of Legal, and provide support for the legal, investment, and people teams all across the board. I hope to grow my role in the firm for many endeavors to come.
When I was a little kiddo, my parents thought I would be a lawyer. I’m the oldest of 3 brothers and my dad is the most competitive person I’ve ever met, so my home had a lot of debating and pushback. Your perspective had to be dialed in. Disagreement was encouraged and winning was celebrated.
I joined the debate team in high school, where precision of language was incredibly important. After college, I worked at Deloitte for 5 years (instead of going to law school, as my parents had predicted). But I wrote a lot of memos–which are, in essence, arguments made as clearly and concisely as possible. I’d argue that accounting is closer to law than it is to math, since both are governed by regulatory compliance..Technical accountants interpret the guidance and Excel does the math.
At Human Capital, I’m the go-to person for everything related to finance. With over a decade in the industry, I feel incredibly well-suited for this space. My time at Deloitte was filled with VC clients, First Republic taught me to apply systems in the most strict regulatory environment in existence (banking), and at Earnest I learned how to take a small scrappy startup and transform it into the loan origination arm of Navient, the largest student loan servicer in the world.
I grew up at my parents’ restaurant surrounded by people gathered around all the time. Sometimes you’d catch me playing with my siblings spinning on a lazy susan, but for the most part helping my parents. I found myself learning a lot about hospitality and inviting environments- which is why I am so intrigued by community and design. I’m passionate about meeting people and learning about what they do so I can ultimate make their experience in a space more seamless.
At Human Capital, I create a comfortable culture and help manage the office space functionally for everyone so they can work at their best.
My interests are Design + Art projects and traveling.