Frederickson Partners Recruits Chief People Officer for Second Harvest of Silicon Valley

February 8, 2023 – Global HR search firm Frederickson Partners recently assisted in the recruitment of Marcus Bryant as chief people and inclusion officer for Second Harvest of Silicon Valley in San Jose, CA. “Welcoming an experienced DEI leader into this new role reinforces Second Harvest’s commitment to foster authentic and meaningful growth in equity and inclusion both internally and externally,” said Leslie Bacho, CEO of Second Harvest. “This work is critical to our long-term goals and the pursuit of our mission. We’re excited to have Marcus’ partnership and expertise on our journey.”

Mr. Bryant joins Second Harvest after serving as a managing principal at Vantage Custom Solutions, a Charleston, SC-based human resource consultancy. In that role, he led and managed the firm with primary P&L, strategy, and growth responsibility. Previously, Mr. Bryant worked at FareStart as chief people and inclusion officer. In this position, he honed his skills in guiding executive teams to scale and grow businesses and expand their programs. He provided insight for human resource management while prioritizing diversity, equity and inclusion.

Additionally, Mr. Bryant is a certified diversity executive (CDE) through the Institute for Diversity Certification and a member of both CNBC’s workforce executive council and the Forbes Global Human Resource Council.

In his position with Second Harvest, Mr. Bryant will lead the human resources organization and diversity, equity, and inclusion efforts for the food bank. His leadership will enable Second Harvest to continue to grow and develop to meet the needs of the community while advancing inclusion and equity across the organization.

“I am elated to join Second Harvest as chief people and inclusion officer,” said Mr. Bryant. “As someone who formerly struggled with hunger, poverty, and homelessness, I am intimately aware of what it feels like to have a great need and feel unsure about how those needs will be met. I am grateful for Second Harvest and the opportunity to serve alongside our incredible employees as part of the solution to addressing the root causes of hunger.”

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Founded in 1974, Second Harvest of Silicon Valley is one of the largest food banks in the nation and a trusted non-profit leader in ending local hunger. The organization distributes nutritious groceries through a network of nearly 400 partners at drive-thru and walk-up sites across Santa Clara and San Mateo counties. 

Veteran HR Consultants

Founded in 1995, Frederickson Partners has completed over 2,500 HR executive searches and HR consulting engagements, according to the firm, maintaining relationships with more than 10,000 rising and established HR executives worldwide. Specializing in the placement of chief human resources officers/ chief people officers and their teams for high-growth employers, the firm also provides HR strategy, consulting, and thought leadership.

Based in Menlo Park, CA, the search firm is deeply rooted in the technology sector, with experience in biotech, clean energy, cloud and data storage, E-commerce, fintech, gaming, hardware, IoT, media, semiconductors, and telecommunications. Clients include Alphabet, Creative Artists Agency (CAA), Gartner, Gilead, Intel, Pinterest, Qualtrics, Roche, ServiceNow, StockX, The Nature Conservancy, Twitter, Uber, and Workday.

Recruiting HR Leaders in an Evolving Workplace
From people analytics to employer branding, HR departments are evolving at breakneck speed to meet recruitment and retention challenges. No longer is HR about record keeping and rote rule enforcement. Today’s human resource leaders play a critical role improving business performance through employer branding, strategic recruitment and retention, and talent optimization.

Valerie Frederickson, the search firm’s founder and CEO, has helped hundreds of companies during the past 20-plus years build and improve their human resources organizations. HR executives and C-level executives often seek her guidance and counsel when reorganizing their HR functions. Ms. Frederickson has conducted confidential, replacement, and upgrade searches of HR executives, and placed heads of HR at companies such as C3 IoT, GE, Genentech, Mozilla, Qualtrics, and hundreds more.

Recently Acquired

Arthur J. Gallagher & Co., one of the world’s largest consulting and risk management companies, recently acquired Frederickson Partners. “Frederickson Partners will expand Gallagher’s executive search capabilities across all industries and offers us significant opportunities for collaboration and growth,” said J. Patrick Gallagher Jr., chairman, president and CEO. “I am very excited to welcome Valerie and her team to our growing, global company.”

Arthur J. Gallagher & Co., a global insurance brokerage, risk management and consulting services firm, is headquartered in Rolling Meadows, IL. The company has operations in 49 countries and offers client-service capabilities in more than 150 countries around the world through a network of correspondent brokers and consultants.

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Contributed by Scott A. Scanlon, Editor-in-Chief; Dale M. Zupsansky, Managing Editor; and Stephen Sawicki, Managing Editor – Hunt Scanlon Media

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