HUMAN RESOURCES, MANAGER OF RECRUITING
STARTED AT PATAGONIA
Passionate about: Raising my son, helping people align their passion with their profession, protecting wild places and free-flowing rivers.
Outside interests: Spending time with my family and being outside as much as possible whether that’s on rivers, in the mountains and ocean, or running and playing capoeira.
Path to Patagonia: I’ve been a Patagonia enthusiast since I was in diapers. My father was a National Geographic photographer and did a lot of climbing in Yosemite in the ‘70s, so I grew up hearing stories about how the company first started and his passion for the brand. My dad instilled a love of the outdoors in me, taking me on lots of adventures, including a trip down the Grand Canyon when I was 18, which led to many summers working as a raft guide in California and throughout the Southwest. Patagonia was always a constant in my travels, and with each trip I fell more and more in love with the product. After college I moved up to a little river valley in the foothills of the Sierra and started working at a boutique executive search firm that specialized in recruiting for outdoor brands and environmental nonprofits. The first week of the job I was handed Let My People Go Surfing, which reinforced my deep admiration for Patagonia and its mission. Through my work in the outdoor industry, I was exposed to and worked closely with The Conservation Alliance and 1% for the Planet—two organizations that Patagonia helped create. This gave me a chance to become immersed in the Patagonia culture, which I quickly realized was an environment I wanted to be a part of. So when I received an opportunity to help manage the company’s recruiting process, I moved from the rivers of Northern California to the ocean of Southern California. It has truly been an amazing opportunity to work for a brand that I have respected and admired since I was a child.
Favorite Patagonia product: Down Sweater Hoody and Baby Synchilla® Cardigan
I came to Patagonia because I believed so strongly in the mission of the company. I have to say when I started working here I asked myself, “Will it be as amazing as I think it is?” I can say with confidence that how the brand projects itself is how it operates every day. Patagonia’s mission drives the way we do business, and it is an incredibly inspiring place to work.
Biggest benefit of working here:
Two years after I started at Patagonia, my husband and I had our first baby. It is almost hard to put to words how amazing it is to be a parent here with my son in our childcare program. As a nursing mom for the first 15 months of his life, I was able to visit him every 2 to 3 hours during my workday. Not only having access to my son, but feeling fully supported in my day to do this was remarkable! It felt like I had the best of both worlds: the ability to focus on my job while supporting my son and his needs. I got to spend so much time in his classroom that I quickly became familiar and comfortable with his surroundings and his teachers. Most importantly, I have come to believe in the philosophy of the childcare program so much that I’ve been able to translate it to my life outside of work. Not only has Patagonia been a great employer, but I feel like our childcare program has taught me so much about how to parent my child.