The team behind Growth by Design Talent

We are passionate about building inclusive teams, sustainable recruiting cultures, operations for scale, and iconic employer brands.
Jill Macri
Jill Macri
Jill specializes in recruiting fundamentals that support growth in alignment with values and mission, and is passionate about supporting women in leadership roles. Previous to GBD Talent, she was the Director of Global Recruiting at Airbnb for over 5 years, growing the company from 150 to 4,500 people with a focus on building diverse teams and maintaining values. As a partner and founder at GBD Talent, Jill leads executive searches, trainings for hiring managers, workshops and strategic advisement.

Jill holds her B.A. of International Relations and Affairs. Jill worked in luxury active travel before she transitioned into recruiting, speaks four languages and has worked on six continents.

Adam Ward
Adam Ward
Adam connects people with opportunities, improving their personal and career prospects, with a keen awareness that there are right roles for the right people at the right time in companies. Adam has over 20 years of experience at high growth companies including Pinterest and Facebook where he served as the Global Head of Recruiting and Director of Recruiting, respectively, leading the companies through their IPO and major growth phases. Serving as a Founder and Partner at GBD Talent, Adam specializes in guiding Talent leaders as they navigate change as well as advising clients on how to effectively scale their business and sharpen their recruiting processes.

Adam holds his B.A. of Communication and Psychology. He is a proud #GirlDad, enjoys watching sports, coaching softball, and is self-proclaimed below average on the green.

Mike Joyner
Mike has broad scaling experience in leadership roles within IT, HR, Total Rewards, People Analytics, and Recruiting while also helping two companies IPO. His background includes recruiting and people operations leadership experience during pivotal growth stages at some of the world’s most recognizable technology companies -- Apple during global retail expansion, Facebook pre-IPO 1,500 employees to over 7,000, and Pinterest from Series D pre-revenue and 150 to over 2,000 employees. As a partner and founder at GBD Talent, Mike leads foundational projects, enhancing our clients operational and foundational processes, market mapping and intelligence for executive searches, and Academy operations.

Mike holds his B.S in Business Management with a concentration in IT and Marketing. He is the father of two rambunctious boys, an avid soccer player, coffee lover, and enjoys drawing in his sketchbook.

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Katie drives executive search recruiting and sourcing at GBD Talent. With roots in university recruiting, Katie has a strong programmatic skillset and specializes in her ability to creatively problem solve. From the introduction of the Jedi Academy program at Lucasfilm to the successful hiring of exceptional talent across Facebook, Pinterest, Carta and Plenty. Katie is excellent at communicating with candidates and finding alignment with their career goals and our clients’ opportunities.

Katie holds her B.S. of Kinesiology and a M. Ed. in Educational Counseling. She is the mother of two girls and enjoys going to the beaches of Central California, while also participating in a local book club.

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Dayna leads GBD Talent’s Leadership Academy and outreach channels. Her brilliant communication skills and emphasis on representing the GBD Talent brand as best-in-industry have shaped her program management, recruiting coordination, and scheduling approach. With experience growing tech companies like Airbnb, Dayna focuses on the candidate experience: putting them at ease and ensuring their process is impeccable.

Dayna holds her B.A. of Psychology. In her free time, Dayna enjoys trail runs and inspirational TedTalks by awesome women.

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Shanza Baig
Shanza is responsible for sourcing at GBD Talent. Originally on the path to work in food and agriculture, Shanza’s work as a recruiting coordinator and sourcer at Airbnb have sharpened her expertise in asking the right questions, remaining organized when working with candidates, and connecting with hiring managers to find the best fit. Her work with GBD Talent includes aiding in reimagining the top of the recruiting funnel with candidates from more diverse schools, backgrounds, and perspectives.

Shanza holds her B.S. of Food Science and Human Nutrition. She enjoys traveling, fermenting, and hiking, and spent a “year in a van” where she and her partner traveled the US and Canada.

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As a principal at GBD Talent, Janet focuses on strategic partnerships with clients. Her skillset grown at Airbnb and refined at GBD Talent has led her to successful engagements with companies including Alto Pharmacy, New York Times, and Opendoor. Janet’s work is fueled by partnering with leaders of companies who are in their early through mid stages and building processes to put them on a good trajectory as the company grows.

Janet holds her B.A. in Psychology with a minor in Sustainable Food Systems. She is an avid writer, loves to read, and is passionate about urban agriculture.

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Jasmine partners with clients to source candidates at GBD Talent. Coming from powerhouses Facebook and Airbnb, Jasmine is uniquely skilled at synthesizing information, understanding business goals and how they affect hiring, and building a rapport with hiring managers. Jasmine is currently working with Alto Pharmacy and seeks to eliminate bias in the recruiting system. She values the relationship building on both the hiring manager and candidate side, allowing her to be a trusted business partner.

Jasmine holds her B.S. of  Psychology and Spanish. If she weren’t in recruiting, she would travel to a new country every few months, working with people all over the world.

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Lindsay Mason
Lindsay drives Recruiting for Recruiters at GBD Talent. With a background in corporate banking and experience with tech companies like Eventbrite and Yelp, Lindsay’s collaboration skills and empathy have made her excellent at partnering with and coaching hiring managers. Always striving to understand the business with which she is working, Lindsay takes ownership of how each hire affects the company. She knows recruiting is a crucial arm of each company and encourages her clients to build strong teams with talent from a range of experiences and backgrounds.

Lindsay holds her BA of Sociology. She lives in Arizona with her husband and two children. When she's not recruiting, you can find Lindsay getting her bake on, PRing on Peloton, or dreaming of a vacation to Scotland.

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Kira leads diversity recruiting and sourcing at GBD Talent. Kira is passionate about being creative in how she sources and placing candidates in companies with which they align. Within diversity, equity, and inclusion work, Kira is focused on changing the recruiting pipeline and giving all candidates equal opportunities to jobs in tech. Her ability to back her work with data, communicate with hiring managers, and understand their motives have made her an integral part of the team.

Kira holds her B.A of Peace and Conflict Studies with a music minor and an M.A in Counseling Psychology. She enjoys hiking, running, and exploring trails in her free time.

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Andy Flack
Senior Technical Recruiter
Andy excels in finding specialized engineering talent. With experience at large companies like Facebook, Andy understands that optimizing and reducing interviewers’ time is crucial when hiring at scale.  His work at GBD Talent is mostly centered on working collaboratively with hiring managers and internal recruiting teams to develop strategic searches. Knowing that recruiting does not happen by accident, Andy ensures that all of his candidates can trust him and focuses on closing the candidate. 

Andy holds his B.S  of Criminal Justice. A father of three, Andy enjoys listening to music, spinning records, golfing, or rowing his hydro in his free time.

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April Chang
Technical Recruiter/Sourcer
April joins the GBD Talent team as a Technical Recruiter/Sourcer. Her path to recruiting began when working as a paralegal in the immigration sector, helping immigrants find work. The desire to help others with their career journeys has remained unchanged. 

April’s ability to build meaningful, trusted, and transparent partnerships has made her an ally to hiring managers and candidates.  She has a true knack for understanding what kind of talent hiring managers need, thereby lifting the recruiting burden from them. 

April holds her B.S in Marketing. She lives in Vancouver and enjoys fitness, dance, and yoga. With a desire to give back, April also spends her free time helping people that have been impacted by layoffs and sharing her baked goods with neighbors. 

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Passionate about both sports and racial inequality, Nira seeks to utilize sport to make the world a better place. With experience in both the collegiate athletic and retail athletic industries, Nira has proven steadfast in her pursuit. Nira is currently interning with Growth by Design Talent, shadowing on client calls and executive searches and leading an industry benchmarking project.

Nira is a rising senior majoring in Afro-American Studies and Sports Administration at Howard University.

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Alicia Kauth
Alicia works with clients of GBD Talent to help manage their coordination needs along with streamlining their processes. Originally destined for a career in the hospitality industry, her love for problem solving, organization, systems, and strategy, led her to her to recruiting at Airbnb. There she managed a team of high volume recruiting coordinators and the intern program. 

Alicia holds her B.A in Hotel Management. Her passions are based in hospitality, she loves being a tourist in her own town, exploring different areas in Northern California, and finding new favorite spots to eat.

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Linda Ruiz David
Talent Acquisition | Culture & Community Leader
Linda joins the GBD sourcing team with a passion for programmatic culture work and building pipelines in an equitable and creative way. With a true talent in engaging authentically, Linda successfully builds relationships and trust with candidates when guiding them through their search and thought process.  

Originally from Mexico City,  Linda was formerly on the board for Latinas in Tech and also spearheaded Pinterests' first Latinx and Hispanic community.  

Linda holds her B.S in Industrial Engineering. In her free time, you’ll find her investing in her passion for food by cooking and exploring delicious restaurants. She also loves spending time with friends (lots of socially distant park and beach days), swimming in the bay, and hiking and camping in the California hillsides with her husband and dog. 

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Jonathan Teklai
Talent Acquisition
Jon joins the GBD Talent Sourcing team, helping clients with process creation, talent mapping, and sourcing for purple unicorns. 

Knowing the value of emotional intelligence in recruiting, Jon uses this ability to recognize and understand hiring manager and candidate needs. His love for a true challenge and his ability to find the best solutions, makes him an integral part of the sourcing team. 

Jon holds a double major in Organizational Psychology and Communications. Recognizing his genetic obligation to play basketball (he’s 6’5!), you will often find him on the Brooklyn courts with friends. He also has an appreciation for the arts and spends his free time taking improv classes and going to live shows (pre-Covid). 

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Caroline joins the GBD Sourcing team with a true passion for building relationships and facilitating the right connections. Inspired by the power of networking, she was led to a career in Recruiting and joined the talent team at the world's largest professional network, Linkedin.

Caroline brings a creative approach to candidate outreach, enabling her to engage with top candidates from various industries.

Caroline holds her B.S in Marketing. Outside of work, she devotes her time to strength training, inspired by her love for fitness. She also loves cooking and studying Spanish, pursuing her aspiration to one day be fluent.

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Anna is responsible for sourcing for the clients of GBD Talent bringing a background in technical sourcing from high growth tech companies like Airbnb. Anna’s ability to discover what a team needs and foster genuine relationships, makes her a true ally to the clients of GBD.  

Anna loves a good puzzle (literally and figuratively) and understands what it takes to get to the end goal. A true extrovert, she loves the process of meeting and talking to a diverse talent pool. 

Anna holds her B.A in Psychology. In her free time, you’ll find her pursuing any option to be outside with a true love for hiking and backpacking. When not outside, you’ll find her painting, drawing, and creating pottery pieces as gifts for friends. 

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Madeline specializes in People and Marketing leadership roles on the GBD Talent Recruiting Team. With experience coming from several years at Airbnb, she understands the art of recruiting and uses a creative approach to develop personalized and thoughtful steps to her client’s recruiting process.

Madeline’s genuine excitement and natural energy creates an ease to new partnerships. This energy extends to candidates who find her to be not only trustworthy, but very easy to connect and communicate with. 

Madeline holds her B.A. in Public Relations and Advertising from Chapman University. Outside of work, you’ll often find her building her lifestyle photography portfolio or working on something creative with her kids. Madeline loves taking her bike out on nearby trails with her husband and playing fetch in the yard with their new puppy, Ellie.

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Sarah Euglow
Sarah partners with the clients of GBD Talent to build out their engineering teams in a thoughtful and strategic way.

With exposure to the recruiting industry at a very early age, Sarah brings a passion for connecting candidates to their dream job. She has an innate ability to create a story from a company’s mission, brand, and culture, giving candidates a connection point far richer than a job description.

Sarah holds her B.S in Economics. A mother of two, Sarah loves spending her free time with her children outside. She enjoys hiking in the east bay hills with her family, doing yoga and is dedicated to mastering the perfect latte.

Sharing our knowledge

Talk to Me Podcast

Adam explains how to distill core competencies from company values and assess for them in a dedicated cultural interview, as well as the common problems he’s helping Heads of Talent address.

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Handshake helps all students find meaningful careers.

Adam shares how Pinterest builds diverse & holistic teams with Handshake.

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LinkedIn Keynote

Jill gave the keynote at LinkedIn's Talent Connect Sydney.

Hyper-growth: Airbnb's recruitment transformation journey.

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LinkedIn Interview

Jill is interviewed by LinkedIn blog's Samantha McLaren.

Jill explains how Airbnb is working to eliminate bias from its interview process.

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Career Hiring Report

We partnered with Jumpstart to gain a clearer picture of what early career hiring will look like due to Covid-19's impact.

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Recruiting Leadership in Uncertain Times

Adam and Jill are interviewed by URx Founder, Wahab Owolabi, to discuss the importance of recruiting leadership in uncertain times.

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