Foundation’s seasoned and savvy team members work from five offices across the U.S. We draw on deep experience and extensive networks within the venture capital and high-technology ecosystems to connect Foundation clients with dynamic, high-impact talent.
Former VP Brand partnerships for a financial technology startup
Previously served as chairman of the Rugby Players Association in England
Before launching his career in search, David was a 15-year professional rugby player
Has taken up long distance running and is currently in training for the 180 mile Grand2Grand Ultra, in the Arizona desert
As a principal for Foundation Talent, David manages and executes searches across a range of companies within the technology space. Before joining Foundation, David served as VP Brand Partnerships for financial tech startup Monitise. Prior to that, he was chairman of the Rugby Players Association in England where he was responsible for helping to build the organization through recruiting and managing the strategy team.
David graduated with a BA (Hons) Economics from Durham University before embarking on a 15-year professional Rugby career, gaining international representative honors and winning domestic and European competitions.
David lives in London with his wife Elie, an international field hockey player who has represented Wales on over 85 occasions.
Leads searches for VC / PE backed technology companies
Focuses on Product, Engineering, Sales, Marketing, and Operations
Married and father of two – Mitch and Emma
Enjoys playing the drums
As a partner, Jeff manages searches for venture capital and private equity-backed technology companies across multiple functional areas including Product, Engineering, Sales, Marketing, and Operations. Prior to joining Foundation Jeff ran a boutique search practice where he focused on creative, marketing, and technical hires in the Philadelphia and New York City markets. Earlier in his career Jeff was a digital designer and front-end engineer. He also spent time as a project manager leading website builds.
Supports the Managing Director of the firm in an administrative role
Was previously an Engagement Administrator at executive search firm True
Her two children are her greatest accomplishments
Kathleen brings more than 13 years of administrative experience to the team. As an Administrative Assistant, Kathleen provides valuable support to the firm’s executives. Kathleen previously worked as an Engagement Administrator at Foundation Talent’s sister firm, True. Prior, she spent 10 years at Medco Health Solutions (now Express Scripts) as an executive assistant, where she participated in multiple process improvement and employee satisfaction projects.
Kathleen lives in Voorhees, NJ with her husband and her two greatest accomplishments: her children.
Plays strategic role in IC, director, & VP-level placements across various functional specialties
Began his career with The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company
Golf enthusiast with an impressive handicap of 20
Die hard Philadelphia Eagles and Flyers fan
Principal Gil Cosnett plays a strategic role in IC, Director, & VP level searches across various functional specialties for companies in the high-growth technology space including eCommerce, SaaS, financial technology, and mobile. Prior to joining Foundation as an associate, Gil spent time working in corporate sales at The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, where he was part of an award-winning sales team and was selected as a member of the employee council.
Specializes in marketing, product, engineering, business development and sales
As senior recruiter at salesforce.com, helped double the size of the CMO’s organization in 2 years
Formerly an award-winning architect
Has lived in Germany and Spain
Doesn’t think Silver Linings Playbook misrepresents his fellow fanatic Philly sports fans
Before joining Foundation, JC was a lead senior recruiter at salesforce.com, helping double the size of their Chief Marketing Officer organization within two years. Prior to salesforce.com, JC was a managing partner of VonChurch, the world’s largest digital technology talent hub where he launched and led their Create division. JC started his career in architecture, where he designed buildings in Edinburgh, Hamburg and Cincinnati, and helped reshape the skyline of San Francisco’s SoMa neighborhood with the Foundry Square project. JC is originally from Reading, Pa. and has lived in Germany and Spain. He currently resides in the Bay Area with his wife, Andrea, and children Owen and Lilly.
Began her career on the agency side where she partnered with various Bay Area startups in scaling their sales teams.
Led business operations recruiting for the West Coast and South Central regions at Counsyl, a DNA testing company.
Serves as the Fundraising Lead for Beats4Boobs, a local nonprofit that supports breast cancer survivors in the Bay Area.
Enjoys running in the Presidio, going to music festivals, and watching Shark Tank.
Ashley joined Foundation Talent with a background in sales and marketing recruiting. She began her career on the agency side where she partnered with various Bay Area startups in scaling their sales teams. Most recently, she led business operations recruiting for the West Coast and South Central regions at Counsyl, a DNA testing company.
Leads the HR and finance practice for Foundation
14+ years of experience in finance, HR, and sales/marketing
Recently completed searches for Lending Club, Quirky, and AdRoll
Has completed two 60-mile, 3-day breast cancer walks
Cooking and food enthusiast who dreams of owning an island bistro.
Favorite snowboarding vacation spot: Aspen!
Before becoming a partner and leading the Finance and Human Resources practice for Foundation Talent, Jennifer was a recruiting manager for Robert Half Finance and Accounting, an international staffing firm specializing in finance and accounting functional roles. Jennifer accrued 12 years of successful full-cycle sales and recruitment experience with RHI and grew an extensive network of clients and candidates. In addition to being a leading sales producer, Jennifer successfully held multiple roles within Robert Half, including management of both administrative and accounting temporary divisions. Outside of the office, Jennifer pursues a philanthropic commitment to finding a cure for breast cancer.
Focuses on Product, Sales and Marketing roles.
Located in San Fransisco
Enjoys running through Golden Gate Park.
Plays golf and pick-up soccer games.
Seth Funahashi hails from the Central Valley in CA and is a Senior Associate for Foundation Talent, focusing on Product, Sales and Marketing roles. Prior to joining Foundation Talent, he discovered his passion for recruiting at Premier Staffing as an Account Director in San Francisco, focusing primarily on sales roles. In addition, Seth was Director of Research & Recruitment at a biomechanics research lab called Heeluxe and physical therapy aide.
When Seth isn’t in the office, you can find him running through Golden Gate Park, attempting to play golf, looking for a pick-up soccer game, or enjoying drinks with friends.
Specializes in placing top sales/marketing talent
Located in New York
Grew up in Princeton, NJ and attended Towson University
Is a die hard New York sports fan, loyal to the Giants, Yankees and Knicks
Paul Gulino is a Senior Associate with Foundation Talent based out of New York City. Prior to joining Foundation, he worked at Zocdoc where he held roles within both the Sales and Recruiting Department. Paul specializes in placing top sales/marketing talent, though he has experience across several functions.
Paul grew up in Princeton, NJ and attended Towson University. He currently resides in Hoboken, NJ where he stays active by playing soccer year round. He is a die hard New York sports fan, loyal to the Giants, Yankees and Knicks. Paul also really enjoys live music and is an avid concert goer.
Based in the London office
Helps build Foundation Talent's RAP practice across EMEA
Has 10+ years of search and in-house experience
Is a dual US/UK Citizen
Retired Wedding Singer
Mother of a crazy toddler and two crazy dogs
Based in the London office, Talia helps to build out Foundation Talent’s Recruitment Acceleration Program (RAP) across EMEA, with a deep understanding of the hiring community and HR challenges, while maintaining a sense of urgency and pace. Talia has over 10 years of experience from search agency, RPO and in-house environments. She began her career in the City of London Banking industry and moved into Software and Infrastructure in 2009. For the past 7 years, Talia has worked with some of the world’s largest vendors including EMC, IBM, CA Technologies and Juniper Networks. Most recently, Talia has led an Executive Search team of 12 within a world leading RPO business. Talia’s experience spans tech projects successfully completed to SVP level across all global regions. Talia, a dual US/UK citizen, has a B.A. in Music. She retired from her short career as a Wedding Singer, but remains a huge music enthusiast. Talia is the owner of two crazy dogs, a proud mother of one crazy toddler and wife of a very patient husband.
Was most recently Head of Talent Acquisition for a video advertising company that grew from 23 to 88 in 13 months
Led sales recruiting for a digital marketing SaaS company
Spent a few years in software sales
Hails from Portland, Oregon
Played College Basketball
Has traveled to 7 states to support his favorite college football team, the Oregon Ducks
Sam joins us from working for various stage startups over the last 4 years in San Francisco. Most recently, he was heading up Talent Acquisition for a video advertising company that grew from 23 to 88 in 13 months. Prior to that, he headed up sales recruiting for a digital marketing SaaS company and spent a few years selling software as well. As his career has progressed, he has found himself back on the recruiting track (5 years previous agency experience) and could not be more excited to be joining such a strong and character-driven organization.
Sam is a huge Portland, Oregon homer which is where he lived for almost 20 years with the exception of attending the University of Oregon. He’s a huge Ducks fan and has traveled to Michigan, Virginia, Texas, Arizona, Washington, Utah, and Tennessee to watch them soar.
Previously oversaw all the sales recruiting for healthcare technology company, Zocdoc, leading teams in both New York City and Phoenix offices.
Worked for a boutique technology recruiting firm, Connections of New York.
Received his Bachelor of Arts from Williams College in Massachusetts
Loves Bruce Springsteen.
Enjoys attending Soul Cycle classes.
Ryan Lupo is a Principal in the New York office. Prior to Foundation, Ryan oversaw all the sales recruiting for healthcare technology company, Zocdoc, leading teams in both New York City and Phoenix offices. Over his tenure, the company grew from 100 to over 700 employees at its peak. Ryan also previously worked for a boutique technology recruiting firm, Connections of New York.
After receiving his Bachelor of Arts from Williams College in Massachusetts, Ryan moved to New York City, where he still resides with his fiance. Ryan loves a good meal, a nice beer, Bruce Springsteen, and attending Soul Cycle classes.
Passionate for technical recruiting
Had a 10-year career working in various technical roles
Lives just outside of Philadelphia with his wife & son
Studied Information Systems at Drexel University
Arie joined Foundation talent after running his own company for 4.5 years. Prior to recruiting, Arie had a 10-year career working in various technical roles.
Arie lives just outside of Philadelphia with his wife & son, studied Information Systems at Drexel University, and has a variety of geeky pursuits.
Launched EMEA operation in 2015
20+ years technology recruitment experience, predominantly with high growth start ups
Headed up the internal recruitment teams across EMEA at Yahoo!, Betfair, and Lucent Technologies
Married to actress Davina, whose credits include both Broadway and West End shows. Daughter, India, born in 2014.
Director of Rugby at London Cornish RFC, one of the fastest rising amateur clubs in London
Keen follower of national hunt horse racing, and the San Francisco 49ers!
Dickon launched Foundation in EMEA in 2014, and is responsible for building the organisation in London and across Europe. He brings with him multi level experience of building in house and agency recruitment teams over two decades, servicing high growth technology companies across the region. He has managed some of the largest ever volume multi-site recruitment campaigns in Europe on behalf of a series of Fortune 500 and FTSE companies, and takes much pride in having helped build a series of companies from the ground up. Dickon has a BA (Hons) in Humanities from Greenwich University, where he also gained a Diploma in Business Studies.
Heads business development and client management
Co-founded the first national online delivery service (10 years too soon!)
Experienced deal-maker and relationship builder
Married father of 4 active children
Used to be found on the golf course, now likely found coaching a youth sports team
Before becoming a partner at Foundation, Gary was executive vice president at Site Development, Inc. He was responsible for the new market expansion of several large retail clients in the Eastern U.S., where he successfully negotiated transactions in excess of $250M. Prior to SDI, Gary was a co-founder and director at Ez2get.com, the nation’s first web-based, rapid satisfaction and fulfillment-company; providing 1-hour delivery of retail goods to residential and business clients. Based in San Francisco, Gary led all activities in the Western U.S., including expansion into 10 new markets and the acquisition of several competitors. Gary was also a member of the leadership group that secured $42M in private placement funding.
Previously worked in tech sales
Has primarily focused on operational and sales roles
Graduated from the University of California, Berkeley
Volunteers her time with the Spinsters of San Francisco
Alyssa joined Foundation Talent after working in tech sales for the past 3 years. Prior to that, she spent 3+ years in high end retail working her way up to managing two million dollars in volume and a team of 5 salespeople. She made the jump from sales into the world of recruiting at Shift Technologies, where she primarily focused on operational and sales roles.
Alyssa is originally from Orange County, CA. She graduated from the University of California, Berkeley where she studied History of Art. In her free time she enjoys wine tasting, volunteering her time with the Spinsters of San Francisco, and traveling.
Joined the London office as an Associate in October 2015
Formerly an acting teacher and acting school Director
Worked as a professional actor performing on London’s West End stage
Driving a passion for music, Amy performs in blues band MACK
Amy joined the London-based EMEA team at Foundation Talent as an Associate in October of 2015. Prior to launching a career in search, Amy worked in the field of Operations Management at several establishments, leading as Director of GSA Saturday School. Amy also formally worked as a drama teacher for students age 6 to 60. After graduating with a BA (Honors) in Musical Theatre at Guildford School of Acting, Amy focused many years on her acting career, which took her from the West End stage to international theatre tours. Productions in which she has been featured include Cabaret, Annie Get Your Gun and the Monty Python musical, Spamalot!
Provides key insight and research across various searches as a Senior Associate
Previously served as an Account Manager for TEKsystems
Graduate of Dickinson College
Huge fan of Bruce Springsteen and Jerry Seinfeld
Prior to joining Foundation, Ben spent two years as a Recruiter and Account Manager at TEKsystems, an IT staffing companying. Most recently, he worked as an Account Manager supporting Network/Infrastructure roles within the Financial Services and Healthcare industries.
Ben graduated from Dickinson College where he met his fiancé. Other then supporting the Flyers, Phillies, and Eagles (in that order), he is a huge Bruce Springsteen and Jerry Seinfeld fan.
First of the team to be based in Ireland
Builds teams and individual contributor roles for high growth companies
14 years of in-house experience in tech
Holds a Business Studies degree with a specialization in HRM
Spends her free time with friends and family, reading and cooking
Bikram Yoga enthusiast
Barbara was the first of the Foundation Talent team across the wider company to be based in Ireland. She specializes in sourcing, assessing and closing top talent and building teams and individual contributor roles for Foundation Talent’s high growth client companies. Barbara comes to Foundation Talent with 14 years of in-house Tech industry experience. Having worked for Oracle, Yahoo, Adroll and PayPal, she holds a proven track record in direct recruiting at all levels across EMEA. Barbara has successfully placed within the customer care, sales, business development, HR, finance, technical and business analysis disciplines. Barbara graduated from Dublin City University Business School with a degree in Business Studies, specializing in Human Resource Management. In her free time, Barbara likes to spend time with family and friends, read, cook and do Bikram yoga.
B.A. in Advertising/Public Relations from Penn State University, minors in Psychology and World Literature
Held internships in the fields of PR, Sales and Marketing
Danced in Penn State’s 46-hour no-sitting, no-sleeping dance marathon, THON
Adores her dog, who is named after Miley Cyrus
Loves the fall for Penn State football and tailgate
Danielle began her professional career with Foundation Talent succeeding her graduation from Penn State University. Prior to joining our team, Danielle held public relations, sales and marketing internships in various startup environments. Eager to further her career in a progressive atmosphere, Danielle was attracted to recruiting in an ever-growing industry. Although loyal to her NJ roots, Danielle loves traveling and spent a summer volunteering at a nonprofit startup in Barcelona. She enjoys exploring new places and cuisines. Danielle received a B.A. in Advertising/ Public Relations from Penn State University and minors in Psychology and World Literature.
Was a full cycle Executive Recruiter for CyberCoders, focused on highly technical engineering roles.
A mother of two very active children
Loves a challenge
During her 15 years in sales and recruiting leadership roles, Vanessa spent most of her career with an international staffing giant, Randstad US, as a top-performing sales and recruiting leader for their Accounting and Finance division. Most recently, Vanessa held a Senior Associate role with Argosight, a startup where she helped build out the direct hire/retained recruitment practice, successfully focusing on engineering, sales/marketing and operations roles.
Outside of the office, Vanessa enjoys spending time with her two very active kids and extended family in the Boston area. She has successfully completed multiple marathons, loves to surf/ski, anything outdoors and anything with a challenge.
Previously a kindergarten teacher and private school Director
Graduated from Penn State University with a degree in Elementary Education
Relocated to San Francisco from Philadelphia
Loves to travel and spend her summers on the beach
Avid PSU football fan
Lisa recently moved from Philadelphia to San Francisco. Prior to Foundation Talent, Lisa was a Kindergarten teacher and the Director of a private school in South Philadelphia. Although Lisa loves the world of education, she is very excited to jump into recruiting. Prior to teaching, Lisa graduated from Penn State University with a degree in Elementary Education. In addition to rooting for PSU football and (of course) the Philadelphia Eagles, Lisa loves to spend her summers at the beach as well as traveling and exploring new areas. The move to San Francisco has allowed Lisa to travel, explore new restaurants, and meet a ton of new amazing people!