Founders & Directors

JENNA PILJA

Co-founder and Advisor

Jenna Pilja is Co-founder of Perennial Network, a holistic branding consulting firm helping facilitate meaningful work to all in the workforce, enriching and sustaining the overall financial health for every organization. She is passionate about creating a more equitable, diverse workforce and educating the world's recruiting community. She founded SVRA in 2015 with the vision of creating the next generation of recruiting leaders through peer to peer mentorship and continued education. She served as SVRA President from 2015-2019. She is currently an Advisor to SVRA and lives in Orange County, CA with her husband and two fur babies. 

KIRILL ELISTRATOV

Membership Engagement Chair

Kirill Elistratov started his recruiting career at a boutique agency in San Francisco where he had an opportunity to work with some of the top tech companies in the Silicon Valley including Google, Yahoo and Apple.   He immediately was drawn to technical recruiting and decided to continue his professional career in Talent Acquisition.  Since then, Kirill has built engineering teams at Clearslide, BitTorrent, Redfin, and is currently hiring technical talent at NerdWallet.  In addition to recruiting, Kirill has worked in Operations and Human Resources and has spent nearly ten years in the Workforce Development field - helping transform communities by creating paths to employment.  Today, Kirill enjoys leveraging his diverse background to help companies grow in a meaningful way.

ANDREW HEYWOOD

Programs Chair

Andrew is a seasoned silicon valley staffing leader, currently at Narvar, building out their leadership, product, marketing, and finance teams. He is well versed in scaling startups and high growth companies. He has experience in both international (EMEA, LATAM, APAC) and domestic markets starting his career at a top search firm in Tokyo, Japan (lived and worked in Japan for 5 years). Andrew has worked extensively with Founders, C-Level Executives, VP’s, Directors, and Hiring Managers to attract top talent and develop successful teams.

Andrew is very excited to be part of the SVRA board and the mission of helping to bring the silicon valley talent community together and allowing talent professionals to grow their skills in a non-competitive and nurturing environment.

Christina Tamm

Events & Hospitality Chair

Christina Tamm is a Recruiting Manager at Ejento in San Francisco who specializes in building start-ups from the ground up. She has worked with teams from Seed Stage to Pre-IPO building out their engineering teams. Christina is able to help build out hiring and interviewing processes to fit each clients individual needs and pain points. Christina has a team of strong technical recruiters that she works directly with to make sure each and every client is well taken care of. Christina’s passion is to not only connect engineers to their next happy work home but to also pass along her skills and success to others recruiters through mentorship and training.

SACCHI PATEL

Branding & Social Media Chair

Sacchi is currently a Technical Recruiter at Orbital Insight and a diversity consultant/speaker through MasculinityU, an organization that he co-founded in 2010 which focuses on creating gender equality. Previously, he has recruited at Facebook, Google, and DAQRI.

Before joining the tech industry, Sacchi worked as an administrator and adjunct faculty at Stanford University, Syracuse University, and managed programs at several non-profit organizations - all focused on ending gender-based inequality.

Sacchi joins his SVRA Board members in providing strategic support to Silicon Valley in shaping the ways in which recruiters can make a positive impact in our communities.

Chris Hodge

Membership Growth Chair

Chris runs Business Development and Partnerships at The Sourcery, a firm dedicated to scaling early-stage tech startups across North America. While in the recruiting arena for the last 6 years, Chris started his career at a startup with roots dating back to his undergrad at UC Davis; as a result, he can personally relate to the quandaries of startup life. Always happy to talk recruiting tips, tricks, advice, etc over a cup of coffee (or make a helpful introduction!) Chris can most likely be found in the bleachers at an SF Giants game.