The Employer Advisory Board serves as a resource to inform StreetWise Partners’ program curriculum and strategic initiatives, leveraging their collective expertise to advise on hiring trends, sharing human resources industry insights, and identifying best practices that can ultimately help close the opportunity gap for StreetWise Partners mentees. The Employer Advisory Board is comprised of a diverse group of Human Resources experts and professionals with hiring responsibilities to ensure a broad perspective. In addition to diversity of personal experience, thought, and background, members represent varying professional expertise, sectors, and company sizes.

Benjamin Field, Maverick Search Consulting

Benjamin Field is Director of Business Development & Client Relationships at Maverick Search Consulting, a recruiter specializing in global law firm business services staff placements and talent optimization. Ben enjoys partnering with law firm leadership, hiring managers and talent acquisition professionals to help build and retain successful staff teams.

Ben has in-market experience of U.S., UK and Asia legal markets—having lived and worked in New York, LA, London and Hong Kong—as well as a deep knowledge of multidisciplinary legal marketing built over a 12-year career as a business developer for firms, such as Kobre & Kim, Allen & Overy and Skadden. He earned his Legal Practice Course and Postgraduate Diploma in Law (J.D. equivalent) from BPP Law School, and his M.A. in English from University of St. Andrews.

As a complement to his recruiting work, Ben is a soul-centered career and life transitions coach helping people find deeper meaning and spiritual fulfillment in work and life. As a Certified Professional Coach trained in iPEC’s transformational Core Energy Coaching™️ process, as well as the proprietary Energy Leadership Index™️ assessment, he coaches professionals of all ages to raise their energy levels and uncover their unique potential to be leaders and change agents in their communities. And because his coaching practice is informed by archetypal psychology, he also helps his clients to re-soul their careers by uncovering the “antique soul” at the heart of their profession.

Ben is a student of depth psychology, attends public courses at Pacifica Graduate Institute, The C.G. Jung Foundation, and is a member of The Analytical Psychology Club, New York. He lives and works remotely from his home in Pasadena, CA with his wife and two maltese dogs.

Colleen Gangl, Dotdash

Colleen Gangl is VP, People at Dotdash, having joined the company in 2018. Colleen brings over 15 years of experience in her field across multiple industries including retail, technology and digital media. At Dotdash she is responsible for all areas of the People function including talent acquisition, talent development, business partnering and people operations. She is dedicated to partnering with her colleagues to cultivate a working environment that allows team members to do their best work.

Colleen received her Masters in Human Resource Management from Rutgers University and has a BA in Art History from the University of Delaware.

Debbie Kemp, MediaCom

Debbie Kemp is a Senior Executive with global experience. She offers unique experience creating and executing talent strategies to grow global, multi-cultural organizations. Revenue focused, change initiator, and decision maker who thrives as a “go to” person to resolve the most complex human capital issues. She is a turnaround artist and global leader with subject matter expertise in M & A, human capital management, real estate, and operations across multiple industries (financial services, fintech, and marketing).

Debbie joined MediaCom in 2018 as Chief People Officer North America, responsible for creating and executing people, operations, and performance strategies.

Elanee Gashaw, Marsh & McLennan Companies

Elanee is the Diversity Recruiting and Sourcing Leader for Marsh & McLennan Companies' Global Talent Acquisition division. She is responsible for managing relationships with external partners, identifiying new partners, which will complement our diversity initiatives, and market the plethora of benefits that come along with our partnership agreements. Diversity has maintained a permanent position in Elanee's priority to support business hiring needs. It comes as no surprise that she would transition her recruiting role into the Diversity focused role she is in today. She is solutions oriented and motivated to find optimal solutions for all sides.

Prior to joining MMC in 2018 as Sr Talent Acquisition Consultant, Elanee gained nearly 15 years of robust business, recruiting, and diversity sourcing experience from Fortune 500 firms as well as nonprofit. From recruiting engineers, lawyers, finance professionals, and commercial and consumer insurance business support, it is clear that without an understanding of the business, sourcing the best talent would be difficult. Elanee takes pride and interest in learning the complexity of the businesses she supports. She is also driven to connect with jobseekers in a genuine, approachable way. It is through this passion that she has been able to succeed in finding talent and connecting them with the best opportunities.

Elanee has a Bachelor of Science in Economics from Texas A&M University, College Station, with specialty focus on Mathematics and Science.

Emily Macina, Napier Park Global Capital

Emily Macina is the Head of Human Resources for Napier Park Global Capital (“Napier Park”), a global alternative credit platform with approximately $14 billion in assets under management. At Napier Park she is responsible for leading all aspects of the Human Resources function including talent management, compensation, benefits and corporate culture. Ms. Macina was previously the Human Resources Generalist for Citigroup’s alternative investment arm, Citi Capital Advisors (“CCA”), until Napier Park separated from Citigroup in February, 2013. Prior to joining CCA, Ms. Macina acted as the Senior Program Coordinator for Citigroup’s Global Banking and Capital Markets groups. Ms. Macina earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Industrial/Organizational Psychology from The College of New Jersey.

Iris Drayton-Spann, MA, PHR, CDE, SHRM-CP, WETA TV

Iris is the VP of HR and Organizational Development for WETA TV in Arlington Virginia. WETA is the leading public broadcasting company in the nation’s capital and is one of the largest-producing stations of new content for public television in the United States. She develops, builds and maintains a strategic human resources function that supports WETA’s business strategy; aligning policy and programs with the organizations strategic plan, mission, values and culture. As a member of the leadership team, Iris promotes positive employee relations and acts as a trusted advisor on human resources issues. Iris and her team are responsible for developing and implementing HR programs for over 300+ employees (including full-time, part-time, union, interns and fellows. In this role, Iris reports directly to the EVP/Chief Operating Officer of WETA.

Iris has over 20 years of HR experience, holds a SHRM-CP, PHR and Certified Diversity Executive certifications. She is a member of the National Association of Multi-ethnicity in Communications, the HR Leadership Forum of Northern VA and is a graduate of Howard University and George Washington University. She is a member of the board of trustees for New Endeavors by Women (www.nebw.org) and volunteers for Streetwise Partners. She has contributed her expertise on various industry panels, blogs and articles on inclusive workforce development, diversity equity and inclusion in the workplace, and the power of women and networking. In 2019, DCA Live honored Iris as one of the 25 HR Leaders of the Year in the Washington DC region.

Rachel Pellegrini, JustinBradley

Rachel is a Certified Contingent Workforce (CW) Professional and leads several of JustinBradley’s national CW programs. She is responsible for recruiters assigned to those projects, compliance with contract requirements, continuous improvement of service and is the key contact for our clients on those projects.

Rachel joined JustinBradley in 2011 from the United Service Organizations, Inc. (USO) where she was a manager in their Finance and Accounting group. Before the USO, Rachel was the Private Client Manager and Regional Training Manager with Bernstein Global Wealth Management’s Washington DC office. At Bernstein, she was part of the Training Management Group tasked with the re-creation, implementation, and delivery of a new global private client associate training program. She also identified and developed financial talent; partnered with investment professionals to develop strategies for high net worth families, nonprofit organizations and corporations; and ensured regulatory compliance for a multi-billion dollar branch office.

Rachel earned her B.A. from Boston University and she is an avid Red Sox fan.

Shara Alter, Proco Group

Shara has 20 years of staffing experience in sales, recruitment and leadership. Shara has worked with in various industry verticals such as technology, legal, and general day to day staffing, both on a contingent and search basis.

Shara held the position of Regional Director for a Fortune 500 covering the New York Metropolitan Region, running the day to day operations of six offices. Currently, Shara runs the North American practice at Proco Global, a search firm dedicated to executive search within Supply Chain management.

Shara has an exceptional track record of developing key relationships and prides herself on working with clients and strategizing on the best way to deliver talent specific to their organization’s needs.

Patricia Beeson, American Academy of PAs

Patricia Beeson is Vice President of Human Resources for the American Academy of PAs. Patricia serves as a strategic business partner to leadership and staff, providing a comprehensive human resource strategy and leading her team to fulfill the full suite of human resources needs across the organization. Patricia is an experienced strategic Human Resources leader with extensive knowledge in managing initiatives related to workforce organization and design, culture and engagement, acquisition and development, leadership training and total rewards.

As AAPA’s current human resources leader, Patricia works to balance and align the interests of leadership, staff, and the organization. She establishes clear policies, procedures and staffing plans, supervises recruitment efforts, and implements a performance and recognition process which rewards excellence. Additionally, Patricia assumes responsibility for the selection and administration of all employee benefit programs. She provides valuable insight regarding changing trends in benefits, recruitment, and company culture. Patricia believes strongly in the positive impact that can result by establishing a strategic HR infrastructure that provides opportunities for innovation in programs and processes, promotes collaboration across departments and encourages ongoing participation and feedback.

Patricia graduated from Northwestern University with her bachelor’s degree before obtaining her graduate degree in hotel management at the International Hotel School in Lausanne, Switzerland. She then spent a decade assuming roles with increasing levels of responsibility in Human Resources at several historic luxury hotels in DC, including the Willard Inter-Continental and the Jefferson Hotel. Following several years in the Hospitality field, Patricia transitioned into the non-profit sector where she lead all HR initiatives for Arlington Virginia Federal Credit Union. In 2009 Patricia moved into her first role at a Healthcare Association, the Association of Clinical Research Professionals, as the HR Director for 5 years. Since then, she has remained in the health nonprofit world, directly supporting leadership and serving as a valued shepherd to each organization and its staff. At Community Heath Charities of America, Patricia managed the restructuring and integration of 37 separate organization affiliates into a single national organization.

Patricia continues to focus on providing strategic, innovative, high touch, thoughtful HR Leadership and is prepared to meet the unexpected challenges that arise as organizations adapt to changing markets. She is an active member of the Society of Human Resource Management and VA State Chapter. She currently volunteers for Street Wise Partners as a mentor working with the unemployed and underemployed to provide the skills, resources & access to tools and networks needed to secure employment. Patricia is also a Board member of HRLF - the Human Resources Leadership Forum in DC.

Phil Levine, Golden Gate Recruits

Phil Levine is the founder and CEO of Golden Gate Recruits - a specialized recruiting firm that finds talent for startups, tech companies, and VC funds. Prior to starting Golden Gate Recruits, Phil led Business Operations for a startup in Silicon Valley and was a management consultant at Bain & Company. Phil received a Bachelors in Economics from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.

Sasha Lee Jonnalagadda, Equinix, Inc.

Sasha is a Senior HR Business Advisor at Equinix, Inc. Equinix is a multinational company that specializes in interconnection and data centers. She joined in March 2020 through an acquisition via her former company, Packet Host, Inc. She partners with the Product organization and works closely with managers and employees on employee relations, manager coaching, and improving culture. Additionally, she has extensive experience in working with globally distributed teams and has led initiatives to drive employee interconnectedness at multiple companies.

Sasha has worked in the technology sector for the past 10 years, having worked in the Bay Area for most of the time before recently moving to the East Coast. She holds a Bachelor of Accounting from University of San Diego. In her free time, she enjoys cooking and seeking out the restaurant scene in her area or wherever she is traveling to next.

Wyn Gregory, EAB

Wyn is Director of Recruiting at EAB, a best practices firm headquartered in Washington, DC that uses research, technology, and consulting to address challenges within the education industry. In this capacity Wyn is responsible for EAB's overall talent acquisition strategy and operations, managing a team of recruiters and partnering with senior leadership to achieve organizational growth goals.

Prior to heading recruiting at EAB, Wyn managed technical recruiting, vendor partnerships, and employer branding at both EAB and its predecessor, The Advisory Board Company. An HR transplant by way of the education sector, Wyn spent years in education operations at organizations such as The Princeton Review and General Assembly, where he discovered his passion for building teams that do impactful, mission-driven work.

Wyn earned his Bachelor's in English Literature from the University of North Texas and did graduate work at New York University. He currently lives in Austin, TX, where he is instilling a love of live music and tacos in his two young children.

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