||Vice President of Administration & Secretary to the Board
Company NameThe Carnegie Foundation
Dates Employed2015 – 2017
Employment Duration2 yrs
LocationPalo Alto, CA
I was brought on board for the newly-created position to reinvigorate and empower the Foundation’s operations unit, including HR, IT, events, budget/finance, contracting, and facilities functions. I collaborated with the CEO and SVP to create an effective leadership role for a Vice President of Administration in a 70-person organization. I directed, coached, mentored, and evaluated cross-functional team of 20 across all areas.
I drove the refinement of the strategic framework complemented by annual priorities, and aligned core functions to support long-term objectives. I developed and facilitated the agenda for the executive and other leadership teams through meetings and extended retreats, and supported engagement and regular meeting processes of the Board of Directors. Among my accomplishments:
❖Led significant process in improving development for a $17 million annual budget. Initiated process with a key group of mid-level managers along with the Budget Director and SVP of Programs (regular meetings and a full group retreat) to identify and document key problems. Transitioned the group from conflict to engagement.
→Completed the first quarterly budget reconciliation with a higher level of efficiency and less conflict.
→Influenced process improvements in other areas, including revising procurement procedures, implementing software to improve purchasing, and improving documentation in HR, IT, and Finance.
❖Revived the Operations team, improving their collaborations and understanding of the Foundation’s mission (e.g. the team drove improvements such as streamlining the open enrollment process for benefits).
❖Paved the way for the CFO to revamp policies regarding procurement, including working with Directors to develop and implement changes that improved compliance with federal policy.