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Tamara Cooksey

People Operations and HR Leader


About Tamara Cooksey

Tamara Cooksey prides herself on having become a results-driven Human Resources leader who possesses strong leadership and relationship-building skills. Big on creative-problem solving, she utilizes these skills to acquire talent, develop company culture and employee engagement, and above all, help others succeed.

Since graduating in 2008 from Sonoma State University with a Bachelor of Arts in Communication, Cooksey has proven herself to be a dedicated employee eager to take part in bettering her company. Her first job post-university was as a Field Sales Support Representative for Embarcadero Technologies. Here, Cooksey was employed as an inside sales support representative for an outside account managers. She provided lead generation by prospecting new accounts and following up on target campaigns, as well as assisting customers and resellers with any issues that arose.

Cooksey moved on to become a Sales Recruiter for ProSearch Associates from there, took a position at Badgeville, Inc., as their Lead Recruiter. With her time at both of these companies, Cooksey focused her efforts on finding viable candidates who would best fit the organization’s needs and utilized multiple sources to do so. She managed job requisitions, interviewed and worked with applicants through the entire hiring process. As Leader Recruiter, her responsibilities expanded to developing recruitment strategies for the top talent across all departments, designed the employee brand and developed and implemented the interviewing and hiring processes in both the California and New York offices.

Her most recent position was Vice President of People Operations at a performance management company, which she was a founding member. Given that Cooksey helped in building the business from the ground up, she wore many different hats to ensure the company’s success.

With her team, Cooksey developed and drove the company’s key people and culture programs, including diversity and inclusion, goal setting and performance management. Cooksey also worked on developing a leadership development program for managers, which included training on topics such as feedback, coaching, and conflict resolution. She rolled out career leveling, mapping, and titling, managed hiring targets, and benefits, as well as took on day-to-day tasks, like employee inquiries. Cooksey frequently report employee Key Performance Indicators to board of directors.

Among her other skills, Cooksey completed MAP Leadership Training and is in the process of obtaining her Senior Professional Human Resources (SPHR) certification, which demonstrates her level of professionalism and knowledge of human resources strategies. Cooksey is always looking for ways to improve her leadership abilities and expand her skill set.

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Tamara’s Recent Blog Posts

The Best Bay Area Workouts

The Best Bay Area Workouts

While I pride myself on living an active lifestyle, I can admit to things becoming a bit stagnant over the winter. Now it’s time to break out the sneakers and hit the ground running though. Spring has sprung folks, and that means Summer waits just around the corner.... read more
Tips for the First Time Traveler

Tips for the First Time Traveler

You finally booked your tickets. You are ready to head out on your first major trip – maybe alone, maybe with a friend or family member. Either way, booking hotels and planes is one thing. Doing it is an entirely other thing. Planes, Trains and Automobiles... read more
Synergizing Work and Wellness

Synergizing Work and Wellness

With the rise of startups, tech companies, and the work-hard mentality, burnout rates remain high. Many can’t manage the time it takes to balance work in addition to their personal life. Moreso, people struggle to maintain the wellness element of both their personal... read more