Our Team

 

Co-Founders and Principals 

 
Charlie Gray Charlie led the people operations of technology and media companies for 15+ years before founding Gray Scalable in 2012. He was instrumental in managing the growth of the Google advertising sales team and helped to develop the company's People Operations framework. He provided HR and operations leadership at other start-ups including RecycleBank and Patch, and has now consulted at dozens of industry-leading companies.   He holds two degrees from the State University of New York at Buffalo, in Music Performance and English Literature. He lives in Verona, NJ with his wife and their 2 kids, 2 dogs and 2 cats.

Charlie Gray

Charlie led the people operations of technology and media companies for 15+ years before founding Gray Scalable in 2012. He was instrumental in managing the growth of the Google advertising sales team and helped to develop the company's People Operations framework. He provided HR and operations leadership at other start-ups including RecycleBank and Patch, and has now consulted at dozens of industry-leading companies.  

He holds two degrees from the State University of New York at Buffalo, in Music Performance and English Literature. He lives in Verona, NJ with his wife and their 2 kids, 2 dogs and 2 cats.

Deb Feldman As Gray Scalable's Principal Consultant and Co-Founder, Deb leads client engagements and manages internal operations for our team. She leads our business recruiting practice, helping our clients hire in sales, operations, HR, and recruiting. Along the way, Deb plays an internal People Operations role while on embedded, onsite engagements at clients, helping to build/optimize scalable people programs. Deb brings 15+ years of in-house HR and Talent Acquisition experience, having held leadership roles at startups and large organizations, including Google, Unilever, and Recyclebank. Deb loves to sing, run, and cook, and lives with her husband and 3 sons in New Jersey.

Deb Feldman

As Gray Scalable's Principal Consultant and Co-Founder, Deb leads client engagements and manages internal operations for our team. She leads our business recruiting practice, helping our clients hire in sales, operations, HR, and recruiting. Along the way, Deb plays an internal People Operations role while on embedded, onsite engagements at clients, helping to build/optimize scalable people programs.

Deb brings 15+ years of in-house HR and Talent Acquisition experience, having held leadership roles at startups and large organizations, including Google, Unilever, and Recyclebank. Deb loves to sing, run, and cook, and lives with her husband and 3 sons in New Jersey.

 

Business Development and Executive Search 

 
ERIN JENSEN Erin has led recruiting, sales, and eCommerce teams for the last 13+ years, in addition to having started and invested in startups in NYC and the Bay Area. As an executive recruiter leading her own practice and also at Riviera Partners, she has been a trusted counselor to senior leaders at technology companies large and small on maximizing the value and experience of their employees. Having worked within global organizations such as Google and YouTube, as well as within startups in both operational and people-focused roles, Erin understands the requirements different business models place on their people, partners, and customers. Her experience growing and retaining high performing teams, leading eCommerce businesses, and devising marketing and business development strategies gives her the unique skillset for tackling a wide range of challenges during a startup's building and growth phases. Erin earned an MBA from Harvard Business School and a BA in English from the University of Notre Dame. She lives in Greenwich, CT with her husband and their two sons.

ERIN JENSEN

Erin has led recruiting, sales, and eCommerce teams for the last 13+ years, in addition to having started and invested in startups in NYC and the Bay Area. As an executive recruiter leading her own practice and also at Riviera Partners, she has been a trusted counselor to senior leaders at technology companies large and small on maximizing the value and experience of their employees.

Having worked within global organizations such as Google and YouTube, as well as within startups in both operational and people-focused roles, Erin understands the requirements different business models place on their people, partners, and customers. Her experience growing and retaining high performing teams, leading eCommerce businesses, and devising marketing and business development strategies gives her the unique skillset for tackling a wide range of challenges during a startup's building and growth phases.

Erin earned an MBA from Harvard Business School and a BA in English from the University of Notre Dame. She lives in Greenwich, CT with her husband and their two sons.

 

HR Services Team

 
Aja Deodato Aja has spent her career developing human resource practices for start-ups. She has held leadership roles in HR for Razorfish, Patch and Rent the Runway. At Gray Scalable, she specializes in creating and delivering customized training programs -  including management training, interviewing skills, coaching, and building high-performing teams – and in building HR functions, from strategy to program and policy development,  including hands-on execution and team building. Aja holds a BA in Psychology from Penn State University and an MA in Counseling from Hunter College. She lives in Hoboken, NJ with her husband, daughter and dog.

Aja Deodato

Aja has spent her career developing human resource practices for start-ups. She has held leadership roles in HR for Razorfish, Patch and Rent the Runway.

At Gray Scalable, she specializes in creating and delivering customized training programs -  including management training, interviewing skills, coaching, and building high-performing teams – and in building HR functions, from strategy to program and policy development,  including hands-on execution and team building.

Aja holds a BA in Psychology from Penn State University and an MA in Counseling from Hunter College. She lives in Hoboken, NJ with her husband, daughter and dog.

Megan Hughes Megan specializes in providing HR support and program creation, as well as building customized training programs and branded communication materials for clients. Prior to Gray Scalable, Megan built out Learning & Development and HR Operations while serving as HR Business Partner for several functions at XO Group Inc. and worked on the Talent Acquisition team at NBCUniversal. Megan holds an MS in HR Management & Development from NYU and a BA in English from Villanova University (2016 National Champs!). She's a proud (& slightly obsessed) aunt, is a sucker fitness fads, and is easily bribed with burritos or pizza.

Megan Hughes

Megan specializes in providing HR support and program creation, as well as building customized training programs and branded communication materials for clients.

Prior to Gray Scalable, Megan built out Learning & Development and HR Operations while serving as HR Business Partner for several functions at XO Group Inc. and worked on the Talent Acquisition team at NBCUniversal.

Megan holds an MS in HR Management & Development from NYU and a BA in English from Villanova University (2016 National Champs!). She's a proud (& slightly obsessed) aunt, is a sucker fitness fads, and is easily bribed with burritos or pizza.

Sam feldman As the people analytics manager, Sam focuses on helping clients make better HR decisions using data, primarily focusing on compensation design, recruiting reporting, and survey analysis. Prior to Gray Scalable, she was on the people analytics team at AOL, and before that spent time as an HR program manager and campus recruiter.   Sam holds an MS in Analytics from NYU Stern and a BA in Psychology from Colgate University.  She loves dogs, crossword puzzles, bourbon, and anything produced by Ken Burns.

Sam feldman

As the people analytics manager, Sam focuses on helping clients make better HR decisions using data, primarily focusing on compensation design, recruiting reporting, and survey analysis. Prior to Gray Scalable, she was on the people analytics team at AOL, and before that spent time as an HR program manager and campus recruiter.  

Sam holds an MS in Analytics from NYU Stern and a BA in Psychology from Colgate University.  She loves dogs, crossword puzzles, bourbon, and anything produced by Ken Burns.

Irene Courey  Irene manages Gray Scalable’s company blog, social media accounts and community networks, keeping the company’s followers informed about relevant products, insights about people operations and news about growth stage tech companies. She also coordinates scheduling for the recruiting team and plans community events. Irene recently graduated from the University of Kansas, School of Journalism with a BS in Strategic Communications. She currently resides in Manhattan and loves spending her time exploring her new neighborhood with her puppy, Samuel Adams.

Irene Courey 

Irene manages Gray Scalable’s company blog, social media accounts and community networks, keeping the company’s followers informed about relevant products, insights about people operations and news about growth stage tech companies. She also coordinates scheduling for the recruiting team and plans community events.

Irene recently graduated from the University of Kansas, School of Journalism with a BS in Strategic Communications. She currently resides in Manhattan and loves spending her time exploring her new neighborhood with her puppy, Samuel Adams.

 

Technical Recruiting Team

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Ben Schumer Ben has been recruiting in NYC for over a decade. He started off on the agency side and went on to work in-house for Seamless, Spotify, Canary and Oscar. At these companies, he helped build out teams and recruiting processes for many departments but engineering has always been his primary focus. Most recently, he built and managed the Tech Recruiting team at Oscar. At Gray Scalable, he specializes in sourcing and hiring engineers and implementing recruiting processes for top tech startups in the city. Ben holds a BA in Advertising from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. He currently resides in Brooklyn with his girlfriend and 3 cats. You’re most likely to find him at a concert.

Ben Schumer

Ben has been recruiting in NYC for over a decade. He started off on the agency side and went on to work in-house for Seamless, Spotify, Canary and Oscar. At these companies, he helped build out teams and recruiting processes for many departments but engineering has always been his primary focus. Most recently, he built and managed the Tech Recruiting team at Oscar.

At Gray Scalable, he specializes in sourcing and hiring engineers and implementing recruiting processes for top tech startups in the city.

Ben holds a BA in Advertising from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. He currently resides in Brooklyn with his girlfriend and 3 cats. You’re most likely to find him at a concert.

Emily Kraft Emily joined Gray Scalable in 2014 as a Tech Recruiting Consultant. She specializes in building engineering and product teams, as well as working with clients on recruiting strategy and process. Prior to Gray Scalable she worked as an in-house tech recruiter with startups in Seattle and New York. Emily lives with her husband and Shiba Inu in New Jersey.  

Emily Kraft

Emily joined Gray Scalable in 2014 as a Tech Recruiting Consultant. She specializes in building engineering and product teams, as well as working with clients on recruiting strategy and process. Prior to Gray Scalable she worked as an in-house tech recruiter with startups in Seattle and New York.

Emily lives with her husband and Shiba Inu in New Jersey.  

Darla Horn-Bjork Darla is a veteran talent acquisition professional in NYC. She has spent the last decade helping companies scale, in various industries. From hiring software engineers, product designers, marketing and sales professionals to partnering with the C level suite to define talent strategy, Darla brings extensive experience building sourcing pipelines, hiring, developing process and internal tools, and defining employer brand strategy.   Darla is also an actor, iced coffee addict, and mother of 2 dogs and 2 cats.

Darla Horn-Bjork

Darla is a veteran talent acquisition professional in NYC. She has spent the last decade helping companies scale, in various industries. From hiring software engineers, product designers, marketing and sales professionals to partnering with the C level suite to define talent strategy, Darla brings extensive experience building sourcing pipelines, hiring, developing process and internal tools, and defining employer brand strategy.  

Darla is also an actor, iced coffee addict, and mother of 2 dogs and 2 cats.

DARLA Horn-Bjork

darla@grayscalable.com | LinkedIn

John Ball John has been recruiting technology talent for over 15 years. He started in client development and technical placements on the agency side, before going on to build Engineering and Product teams for Patch, MapQuest, Everyday Health, Jibe and Vimeo. At Gray Scalable, he specializes in sourcing and hiring engineering and product talent, and implementing recruiting process for top tech startup firms. John holds a BA in Business Administration and is currently finishing his Masters in HR Organizational Management from Manhattanville College. He has four of the cutest bunnies as pets.

John Ball

John has been recruiting technology talent for over 15 years. He started in client development and technical placements on the agency side, before going on to build Engineering and Product teams for Patch, MapQuest, Everyday Health, Jibe and Vimeo.

At Gray Scalable, he specializes in sourcing and hiring engineering and product talent, and implementing recruiting process for top tech startup firms.

John holds a BA in Business Administration and is currently finishing his Masters in HR Organizational Management from Manhattanville College. He has four of the cutest bunnies as pets.

Bec Bliss Bec has spent her career building engineering, product and sales teams for startups in New York. She began her career as a contingency recruiter before joining XO Group Inc. where she built out the engineering team and implemented recruiting process and operations. At Gray Scalable, Bec specializes in sourcing and hiring engineers and implementing recruiting process for top tech firms in the city. Bec is also manages Gray Scalable’s internal sourcing team. Bec studied anthropology at the University of Melbourne in Australia. She currently resides in Brooklyn with her boyfriend, dog, and a small urban farm in the backyard. She loves to travel and never leaves home without her passport.

Bec Bliss

Bec has spent her career building engineering, product and sales teams for startups in New York. She began her career as a contingency recruiter before joining XO Group Inc. where she built out the engineering team and implemented recruiting process and operations.

At Gray Scalable, Bec specializes in sourcing and hiring engineers and implementing recruiting process for top tech firms in the city. Bec is also manages Gray Scalable’s internal sourcing team.

Bec studied anthropology at the University of Melbourne in Australia. She currently resides in Brooklyn with her boyfriend, dog, and a small urban farm in the backyard. She loves to travel and never leaves home without her passport.


Business Recruiting and Executive Search Team 

 
katie moriarty As a Recruiting Consultant, Katie specializes in sourcing and hiring top talent for Business Operations, Sales and Marketing teams.   Prior to joining Gray Scalable, Katie spent over 3 years growing the Ad Sales, Marketing, Legal and Business Operations teams at Spotify, hiring over 200 employees globally. Most recently, Katie held the position of Director of Employer Relations at Long Island University, and is excited to get back to recruiting in the NYC start-up scene. Katie also spent 3 years working as a Campus Recruiter for Vistaprint. Katie graduated with a B.A. in History from Union College. She lives in Northport, NY with her husband and son. Katie loves to cook, bake, drink coffee, and run (mostly after her son).

katie moriarty

As a Recruiting Consultant, Katie specializes in sourcing and hiring top talent for Business Operations, Sales and Marketing teams.  

Prior to joining Gray Scalable, Katie spent over 3 years growing the Ad Sales, Marketing, Legal and Business Operations teams at Spotify, hiring over 200 employees globally. Most recently, Katie held the position of Director of Employer Relations at Long Island University, and is excited to get back to recruiting in the NYC start-up scene. Katie also spent 3 years working as a Campus Recruiter for Vistaprint.

Katie graduated with a B.A. in History from Union College. She lives in Northport, NY with her husband and son. Katie loves to cook, bake, drink coffee, and run (mostly after her son).

Katie Moriarty 

katie@grayscalable.com | LinkedIn

 

Emily grant werthamer Emily joined Gray Scalable after seven years at AOL in Human Resources. Most recently running and building the internal executive recruiting department.  Prior to AOL, Emily worked at a Retained Search firm, Wesley, Brown & Bartle for three years where the focus was helping companies nationwide with both executive search work and succession planning with a specific focus on the progression of women and minorities in corporate America.  At Gray Scalable, Emily will work to build out the executive recruiting practice.  Emily holds a BS in Psychology from Union College. She lives in Scarsdale, New York with her husband and two delicious boys! 

Emily grant werthamer

Emily joined Gray Scalable after seven years at AOL in Human Resources. Most recently running and building the internal executive recruiting department.  Prior to AOL, Emily worked at a Retained Search firm, Wesley, Brown & Bartle for three years where the focus was helping companies nationwide with both executive search work and succession planning with a specific focus on the progression of women and minorities in corporate America. 

At Gray Scalable, Emily will work to build out the executive recruiting practice. 

Emily holds a BS in Psychology from Union College. She lives in Scarsdale, New York with her husband and two delicious boys! 

 

Emily Grant Werthamer 

emilygw@grayscalable.com | LinkedIn


Sourcing Team 

Elise Sun As a Tech Recruiting Associate, Elise focuses on researching and sourcing engineering talent to help scale fast-growing tech companies Prior to joining the Gray Scalable team, Elise helped build out the Operations, Account Management, Marketing, and Engineering teams at ClassPass during a period of rapid growth, when the company grew from 70 to 170 employees in a year. Elise studied Piano Performance at Penn State University. She lives in Brooklyn, and loves live music, cats, and trying new food.

Elise Sun

As a Tech Recruiting Associate, Elise focuses on researching and sourcing engineering talent to help scale fast-growing tech companies

Prior to joining the Gray Scalable team, Elise helped build out the Operations, Account Management, Marketing, and Engineering teams at ClassPass during a period of rapid growth, when the company grew from 70 to 170 employees in a year.

Elise studied Piano Performance at Penn State University. She lives in Brooklyn, and loves live music, cats, and trying new food.

ANGELICA MARTINEZ Angelica started her career in the publishing world, where she worked as an Editorial Assistant for Penguin Random House. After working mainly with celebrity driven books, Angelica moved on to work in Brand Partnerships at Creative Artists Agency, spending her time finding digital and diverse talent for various brand campaigns. At Gray Scalable, Angelica works with the sourcing team to help our recruiters find the best candidates for the our client companies as a Sourcing Consultant. Angelica holds a double major in both English and Communications from Florida State. She is a Miami native, although she currently resides in Astoria with her cat, named Cat. Angelica loves a great book and enjoys spending time seeing plays all over the city.

ANGELICA MARTINEZ

Angelica started her career in the publishing world, where she worked as an Editorial Assistant for Penguin Random House. After working mainly with celebrity driven books, Angelica moved on to work in Brand Partnerships at Creative Artists Agency, spending her time finding digital and diverse talent for various brand campaigns.

At Gray Scalable, Angelica works with the sourcing team to help our recruiters find the best candidates for the our client companies as a Sourcing Consultant.

Angelica holds a double major in both English and Communications from Florida State. She is a Miami native, although she currently resides in Astoria with her cat, named Cat. Angelica loves a great book and enjoys spending time seeing plays all over the city.

ROSE ALVAREZ As Gray Scalable's Sourcing and Operations consultant Rose specializes in candidate research and sourcing, meeting coordination, HR project support, and office management. She comes from e-commerce start-up Rent The Runway, where she assisted the executive team, managed office services, and organized cultural events for employees. Rose holds a BA in Psychology from Sacred Heart University. She currently resides in Hoboken, NJ, remaining loyal to her Jersey roots. She loves to cook, travel and go anywhere there is live music!

ROSE ALVAREZ

As Gray Scalable's Sourcing and Operations consultant Rose specializes in candidate research and sourcing, meeting coordination, HR project support, and office management.

She comes from e-commerce start-up Rent The Runway, where she assisted the executive team, managed office services, and organized cultural events for employees.

Rose holds a BA in Psychology from Sacred Heart University. She currently resides in Hoboken, NJ, remaining loyal to her Jersey roots. She loves to cook, travel and go anywhere there is live music!

Lori Rose Lori spent the beginning of her career working in the entertainment industry on both the production and representation sides. After working as a talent and literary manager for a few years, she transitioned her career into recruiting.    She joined Google and quickly became a Recruitment Specialist for the Sales team.  She recruited for a range of positions including Account Strategists, Account Managers and Account coordinators in Print, Retail, Healthcare, Tech B2B and Entertainment.  She is thrilled to be working again with Charlie and Deb at Gray Scalable, where she will be helping source and recruit talent for our clients.   Lori is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania where she majored in Communications.  She loves going to the movies and all things pop culture. She lives in Chappaqua with her husband Eric and two daughters Alyssa and Sami.  There might be a golden retriever in their future but not quite yet.

Lori Rose

Lori spent the beginning of her career working in the entertainment industry on both the production and representation sides. After working as a talent and literary manager for a few years, she transitioned her career into recruiting.   

She joined Google and quickly became a Recruitment Specialist for the Sales team.  She recruited for a range of positions including Account Strategists, Account Managers and Account coordinators in Print, Retail, Healthcare, Tech B2B and Entertainment.  She is thrilled to be working again with Charlie and Deb at Gray Scalable, where she will be helping source and recruit talent for our clients.  

Lori is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania where she majored in Communications.  She loves going to the movies and all things pop culture. She lives in Chappaqua with her husband Eric and two daughters Alyssa and Sami.  There might be a golden retriever in their future but not quite yet.

Michael Aiyar Michael started his career in Seattle on Microsoft's campus recruiting team. While there, he hired some of the best and brightest engineers from top schools across the country.   At Gray Scalable, Michael specializes in research and sourcing, candidate management and tracking, reporting, and programs management.  A native of California, Michael holds a BA in Psychology from the University of Puget Sound. He currently resides in Manhattan and can't wait to explore his new home in New York.

Michael Aiyar

Michael started his career in Seattle on Microsoft's campus recruiting team. While there, he hired some of the best and brightest engineers from top schools across the country.  

At Gray Scalable, Michael specializes in research and sourcing, candidate management and tracking, reporting, and programs management.

 A native of California, Michael holds a BA in Psychology from the University of Puget Sound. He currently resides in Manhattan and can't wait to explore his new home in New York.

Amy Patterson Amy has spent her career building best-in-class engineering and corporate teams for high tech organizations.  During her years at Google, her specialty was launching new offices across N. America and EMEA for engineering, research, new grad and sales teams. Since Google, Amy has led international and global recruiting teams at Merck, Groupon and Blue Apron. At Gray Scalable, Amy is a Recruiting Strategist, helping organizations scale through embedded consulting, and implementing long-lasting recruiting programs and platforms. After living and working in Switzerland for 6 years, Amy recently relocated back to the NYC area.  She’s addicted to travel, has a bag packed at all times, and loves to downhill ski race.

Amy Patterson

Amy has spent her career building best-in-class engineering and corporate teams for high tech organizations.  During her years at Google, her specialty was launching new offices across N. America and EMEA for engineering, research, new grad and sales teams. Since Google, Amy has led international and global recruiting teams at Merck, Groupon and Blue Apron.

At Gray Scalable, Amy is a Recruiting Strategist, helping organizations scale through embedded consulting, and implementing long-lasting recruiting programs and platforms.

After living and working in Switzerland for 6 years, Amy recently relocated back to the NYC area.  She’s addicted to travel, has a bag packed at all times, and loves to downhill ski race.