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Founders

Charlie Gray

Charlie Gray

President

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 then provided executive HR leadership at a handful of other start-ups, and has now advised dozens of industry-leading companies.

Deb Feldman

Deb Feldman

Co-Founder

Deb brings over 15 years of HR and Talent Acquisition experience to Gray Scalable, having held leadership roles at Google, Nielsen, Unilever, and Recyclebank. As our cofounder, she gets to do a lot of things she loves, including leading our business recruiting and executive search teams. She enjoys singing, running, and cooking, and is raising her three sons with her husband in New Jersey.

Business Operations

Drew Koloski

Drew Koloski

Head of Business Development

As the Head of Business Development, Drew focuses on Gray Scalable's market expansion and building lasting partnerships. Before transitioning to Business Development, he was Gray Scalable's first Head of Tech Recruiting. Drew started his career as a top tech recruiter and talent leader for various startups and tech companies. Prior to joining Gray Scalable, he co-founded HR Tech startup Upsider.

Irene Courey

Irene Courey

Marketing & Communications Manager
As Gray Scalable’s Marketing and Communications Lead, Irene manages our PR, marketing, and communications efforts, including our website, social media, community networks and events, CMS, CRM, email marketing, and more. With her experience across industries, Irene is the voice to our network, keeping our followers informed about products and services, and providing insights about our industry.
Robert Berger

Robert Berger

Director of Finance

As our Director of Finance, Bob oversees all financial activities - working internally with the team and externally with clients to ensure trust and complicity on financial and business operations. Prior to Gray Scalable, he worked as a finance & restructuring advisor, helping organizations across a broad range of industries navigate the strategic, operational, and financial needs of their business.

Los Angeles Team 

Darla Horn

Darla Horn

Principal Tech Recruiting Consultant; West Coast Lead

Darla is Gray Scalable's Principal Tech Recruiting Consultant and West Coast Team Lead. She brings extensive experience building sourcing pipelines, hiring, developing process and internal tools and shaping employer brand strategy across Engineering, Product and Executive Search. She is a veteran Talent Acquisition professional with 15+ years of experience helping high growth tech companies scale.

Eric Mellis

Eric Mellis

Recruiting Consultant

Eric is a Recruiting Associate on the West Coast Team. He joined Gray Scalable in February 2018 and has been an integral part of tech, business, and executive searches - working with vast array of clients ranging from Series A startups to midsize tech companies. Eric holds a master’s degree in Higher Education Management from USC and previously worked in education and non-profit spaces.

Mallory Mazer

Mallory Mazer

HR Consultant

As a Gray Scalable HR Consultant based in Los Angeles, CA, Mallory provides embedded support to clients by helping them to build and scale their HR practices, providing training, and recruiting People leadership. Mallory has a history of hands-on experience from her roles at high growth startups, including Rent the Runway, Head of People at 1stdibs, and Head of HR at Hudson BLVD Group and Yext.

Human Resource Services Team

Lucia Smith

Lucia Smith

Senior HR Consultant & COVID Czar

Lucia has 15 years of HR experience, she has worked within the nonprofit sector and held leadership roles at Paperless Post and LimeWire. She takes an inclusion-first approach and while at Gray Scalable has helped orgs like DonorsChoose, Glitch, and This American Life build and hone their HR practices. She’s passionate about clear communication, lean HR functions, and creating a more just world.

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Tar-Kisha Bryant

Senior HR Consultant

With over 15 years of experience, Tar-Kisha joins Gray Scalable as a senior member of the HR Services team, specializing in building and expanding HR infrastructure within scaling businesses. Her commitment to inclusive leadership and transformational policies and programs was honed throughout her career spanning companies such as Starbucks, Estée Lauder, Rent the Runway, and Foursquare.

Chris Decola

Chris DeCola

HR Consultant

Chris spent his career partnering with startup leaders to design, implement, and scale their People-first practices as they navigate growth. He held HR leadership positions at Stash and Curalate, and is no stranger to being the “first HR hire” at startups. At Gray Scalable, Chris partners with companies like Slice, mParticle, A24, and more to build and scale their people teams and HR practices.

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Aja Deodato Kuczma

Advisor

Aja leads Gray Scalable's Human Resource Services team, where she specializes in building HR functions, from strategy and organizational planning to program and policy development, as well as team building. Aja also specializes in HR and Talent searches for our Executive Search practice. Before joining Gray Scalable, she held leadership roles in HR for Razorfish, Patch and Rent the Runway.

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Megan Hughes

Senior Consultant; HR Director

Meg partners with clients to build and scale their people teams and practices; specializing in custom training programs, development frameworks, and manager support, for companies like Meetup, pymetrics, MM.LaFleur, Vimeo, Thinx, Olo, WeWork, The Trevor Project and more! Before joining Gray Scalable, Meg was an HR partner for tech and media companies like XO Group Inc and NBCUniversal.

Compensation & People Analytics Team

Sam Feldman

Sam Feldman

Head of People Analytics

As the head of compensation and analytics, Sam focuses on helping clients improve HR decisions using data, primarily focusing on compensation design and pay equity. 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.

Patty Rutherford

Patty Rutherford

People Operations Analyst
As a people operations analyst, Patty supports our clients with a focus on compensation and diversity analysis, as well as pay equity. In addition, she works with our internal teams to provide insight into our recruiting operations. Before joining Gray Scalable, she worked for a social enterprise company in Yangon, Myanmar in Southeast Asia building their People Data Analytics team.
Bri Dionne

Bri Dionne

People Operations Analyst

As a People Operations Analyst, Bri supports our clients with HR data analysis across the fields of compensation, DEI, and recruiting. Before joining Gray Scalable, Bri worked in various HR roles at BNY Mellon where she focused on data analysis, job architecture, DEI, and project management. Prior to that, she spent some time as a Technical Recruiter and Mental Health Case Manager.

Business Recruiting Team

Lori Rose

Lori Rose

Recruiting Associate

Lori began her career working in the entertainment industry as a talent and literary manager, before transitioning into recruiting at Google. Lori quickly became a Recruitment Specialist, recruiting for a range of sales positions. At Gray Scalable, Lori works with clients such as Pinterest, Better and mParticle to help them grow their marketing, human resources, sales and customer success teams.

Rose Alvarez

Rose Alvarez

Recruiting Consultant
As a Business Recruiting Consultant, Rose acts as an internal member of our clients' People Team by sourcing and hiring top talent for HR, Sales, Marketing, and Operations functions. In addition, she assists in optimizing recruiting processes to enable our clients to build & scale their hiring practices. Rose currently resides in Hoboken, and loves cooking, traveling and live music!
Lauren Novak

Lauren Novak

Senior Recruiting Consultant

Lauren has 10+ years of Talent Acquisition experience supporting the Media/Tech industry, most recently leading recruiting teams at BuzzFeed and Aol/HuffPost. She began her career on the agency side supporting clients across Wall Street, Finance, and Healthcare. A true generalist, Lauren has experience hiring everything from Content Creators and Account Directors to scaling and building marketing and sales teams. Outside of work, you can find her at the beach, traveling, or spending time with friends and family.

Stephanie Riordan

Stephanie Riordan

Recruiting Consultant

Stephanie is a member of the Gray Scalable Business Recruiting team, hiring talent across a variety of business functions for various clients. She is coming from the book publishing industry and was most recently at Penguin Random House, where she executed high volume recruitment for openings across the entire company. In her spare time, Stephanie enjoys practicing yoga, cooking new recipes, and reading the latest bestseller.

Technical Recruiting Team

Nissa Booker

Nissa Booker

Head of Tech Recruiting

Nissa has been a Talent Acquisition leader for over ten years working across media and tech, at companies like Aol and Vimeo. She started her career at ABC News as a Desk Assistant and worked her way up to leading Talent Acquisition at Moda Operandi, Inc and BuzzFeed. Nissa is passionate about creating inclusive workplaces and she is driven by helping others find their dream job.

Lindsay Horgan

Lindsay Horgan

Technical Recruiter & Recruiting Operations Lead
As a Technical Recruiter and Recruiting Ops Specialist, Lindsay partners with clients such as BuzzFeed, Teachers Pay Teachers, and LeafLink to build out their engineering and product teams. Internally, she owns recruiting operations, focused on systems and tools, as well as onboarding and L&D. Previously, Lindsay spent four years in agency recruitment across both the tech and pharma sectors.
Lauren Barnes

Lauren Barnes

Senior Recruiting Consultant

Lauren worked as an internal technical recruiter for several high growth companies before joining Gray Scalable, where she's worked with many early-stage startups building the foundation of their recruiting processes while making their first few tech hires. She's also partnered with some of our well-known clients, including Etsy and Skillshare, to assist their team in reaching their hiring goals.

Lauren Kane

Lauren Kane

Technical Recruiter

Lauren comes from a background in advertising and digital marketing and is no stranger to wearing countless hats during the beginning stages of a startup. She currently hires engineering requisitions across individual contributor and leadership levels, building teams for leading companies including Etsy, Reddit, Skillshare, Understood.org, Elias Sports Bureau, Chartbeat, and Crisis Text Line.

Kelly Patullo

Kelly Patullo

Technical Recruiter

At Gray Scalable, Kelly partners with engineering teams supporting their growth plans by hiring across executive and individual contributor requisitions. She works with a variety of clients including Leaflink, Skillshare, Olo, Nautilus Labs, Chartbeat and more. Kelly joined Gray Scalable with a background in tech recruiting with experience building teams for companies from pre-Series A to post-IPO.

Bec Bliss

Bec Bliss

Advisor

At Gray Scalable, Bec built out the sourcing function and specialized in challenging tech hires. She designed and implemented much of the company’s recruiting process, tracking tools and platforms, and mentored a generation of recruiting talent. While she is no longer a Gray Scalable employee, she continues to consult, provide trainings, and attend all of the company’s client cocktail events.

Amy Patterson

Amy Patterson

Recruiting Team Lead

As a Recruiting Team Lead, Amy helps scale organizations through embedded consulting and the implementation of long-lasting recruiting programs and platforms. Prior to joining Gray Scalable, Amy worked at Google, launching new offices across for engineering, research, new grad and sales teams. Amy also previously led international recruiting teams at Merck, Groupon and Blue Apron.

Nekala Alexander

Nekala Alexander

Technical Recruiting Associate

Nekala is a Recruiting Associate with a passion for creativity, innovation, and diversity. After spending time working in entertainment, she combined her HR experience and tech background to pursue a recruiting career. Nekala enjoys spending time working on DEI efforts to advocate for underrepresented communities in tech, and she relaxes by writing screenplays, skating, and obsessing over home decor.

Molly Thompson

Molly Thompson

Technical Recruiting Associate

Molly has helped build teams for companies across multiple industries including health tech, gaming, publishing and financial services. In the last few years she has specialized in DevOps, SRE and Cloud Infrastructure recruitment, all while navigating the ever changing tech landscape. When Molly isn't talking tech, you can find her wandering Brooklyn with Smiley, her rescue dachshund mix.

Blessing Emeghara

Blessing Emeghara

Technical Recruiting Associate

Blessing is a proven leader with a background as an educator and education management recruiter. She's built effective teams that led to development in both campus culture and student achievement. As a recruiter for Teach For America, she improved the recruitment and retention of diverse educators by 275%. At Gray Scalable, Blessing helps to build and manage candidate pipelines and experiences.

Natalie Davidzon

Natalie Davidzon

Senior Recruiting Consultant

Natalie spent several years honing her talent acquisition skills in tech-focused recruitment agencies before taking on a role as eBay's first Technical Recruiter in NYC. She went on to tackle the startup world, leading company-wide recruitment strategy, program design and execution at Offerpop, LiveIntent and Haven Life. In her spare time, Natalie sings opera, rock climbs and spoils her dog.

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