BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Jenna Pilja is Co-founder and Advisor to the Recruiters Association (formerly known as The Silicon Valley Recruiters Association). Jenna held the role of President on the Board of Directors to the association for five years, where she paved the way through curating industry-specific training, educational content, and developing the area's first recruiter mentorship program. Her service as a business leader consistently advocates the benefits of building people-centered cultures of diversity, inclusion, and ongoing learning. Jenna spent the past decade helping build successful organizations such as Google, LinkedIn, and early stage technology startups. Jenna is currently Co-founder of Perennial Network, a personal growth startup with the mission of facilitating meaningful work to all in the workforce. Through TRA, she is excited about connecting the global talent community to collectively create cultural and economic progress for all.

JENNA PILJA
Advisor / Founder of SVRA

"Christina Finster is currently a Principal Recruiter at Jobot, a talent agency that infuses AI and the human touch in their recruiting practices. She specializes in building engineering teams from the ground up and has helped stealth mode to public companies expand their engineering organizations. Christina holds our Presidential Chair here at The Recruiters Association, with a hope to continue to foster a strong networking platform, educational space, and community of recruiters. Christina has managed and built recruiting teams and processes for clients and within past companies. With over 6 years of recruiting experience in the Bay Area via agency and RPO model Christina, is here to continue to share her knowledge and continue to learn from our community. On the weekends you can find Christina in her garden growing her own produce, hiking, or snuggling up with one of her animals."

CHRISTINA FINSTER
President

Joel Lalgee is the Head of Sales at HoxoMedia a global recruitment marketing company. After spending the last 7 years in agency recruitment where he worked with national commercial General contractor placing management and executive-level professionals. 2 years ago Joel began building a large personal brand on Linkedin which is now at 46k followers and generates 2 million views a month, he fell in love with content creation and marketing so much he founded a content marketing company. Within 6 months he had the opportunity to partner with British-based HoxoMedia to launch an 8-week academy to train recruitment teams on how to build effective personal brands in the US You can find Joel watching his favorite soccer team Liverpool and spending time with his beautiful wife and 2-year-old daughter. Joel is passionate about everything social media and branding!

Joel Lalgee
Content chair

Amber Srivastava is the VP sales & Marketing at Wavely - the next gen job portal, Amber has 12+ years of experience in diverse industries like banking, Fin, telecom, ITES and geographies like India, Philippines and US. Amber is passionate about people and connecting the dots making him the perfect fit for our Social Media Chair here at The Recruiters Association. He is very excited to be part of the TRA Board with a mission to build an ecosystem of talent community and recruiters leveraging technology, knowledge & experiences. On Saturday evenings you are most likely to find him cooking a mean chicken curry, enjoying a cold mug of self brewed beer and playing with his daughter. 

AMBER SRIVASTAVA
Engagement Chair

Riece Keck is the Founder of Vault Recruiting, a San Francisco based R4R (recruiting for recruiters) agency, and Vault Academy, a web based training program for agency recruiters. He is also a strategic advisor to two technology startups, Alphalist and Skillzilla, and the host of The Vault Recruiting Show, a podcast dedicated to discussing all things Talent Acquisition. Riece is passionate about elevating the recruiting industry and is incredibly excited to provide mentorship and training to the TRA community. When not helping recruiters find a new home, you'll find him in the park playing fetch with his fur baby.

RIECE KECK
Secretary and Education Chair

Charisse Fontes is the Founder of CultureCircle, a people and culture consultancy that creates healthy and inclusive workplace cultures. Known for her direct yet empathic approach paired with her love for Anthropology and humanity, Charisse creates dynamic workplace transformation that is not only seen; it is felt. As a thought leader within the People and Culture space, Charisse inspires leaders to be what their people need. Her downtime consists of family time, random adventures, and serving her community as an active Birth Doula.

Charisse Fontes
Culture and Inclusion Chair
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