As the unemployment rates continue to shrink; the recruiting culture is booming in the Portland Metro Area. The NWRA brings together the community of recruiters; from startups to big businesses across an ever-growing diversity of industries. We strive in connecting all types of recruiting talent to the pulse of this vibrant and evolving industry.
The Northwest Recruiters Association is a nonprofit organization established to serve those in the recruiting profession as a forum for education, networking and information dissemination in a non-competitive environment. We strive to offer ways to develop members' recruiting skills and knowledge in order for them to promote professionalism among the recruiting industry and the broader workplace community. Membership includes technical and non-technical recruiting professionals dedicated to the process of identifying, attracting and hiring individuals to organizations in the Puget Sound area.
Please contact any of the board members with questions about NWRA or to become involved, or reach out via email.
ELIZABETH GUZMAN LJUBETIC, Global Talent Acquisition Operations Manager at Aruba, a Hewlett Packard Enterprise Company
Elizabeth currently manages the global talent operations for Aruba, a 15-year leading provider of next generation networking solutions based out of Santa Clara, CA. In 2015, when Aruba was acquired by Hewlett Packard Enterprise, Elizabeth was the operations lead behind the integration of both organizations’ talent efforts.
Elizabeth works with coordinators, sourcers, recruiters, and Aruba’s HR executive team to manage talent processes all over the world, and to ensure that candidates and internal stakeholders, alike, come away with the best possible experience.
Elizabeth graduated from Willamette University with a double major in International Studies and Spanish, and double minors in Economics and Politics. She studied in Chile, Spain, and Washington D.C. before returning to Oregon, where she lives with her husband, Vlad. In her spare time, Elizabeth loves to garden, hike, and explore all that Oregon has to offer.
MARKETING & COMMUNICATIONS, TECHNOLOGY
JENN LONGBINE, Talent Acquisition Director, Global & North America, Nike Direct at Nike
Jenn leads talent acquisition for Nike's direct-to-consumer businesses worldwide. Before joining Nike, she spent 11 years with Apple building retail through the procurement of best-in-class talent. Jenn has a passion for training and development, talent matching, candidate experience and employee engagement. Prior to her recruiting and HR career, Jenn spent over a decade in retail leadership. She has diverse experience representing global brands, small business, and leading in the non-profit sector.
Jenn earned her Master Certificate in Advanced Strategic HR Management from Cornell University. Though she has lived in various cities along the west coast, she, her husband and twin boys call Portland home. Outside of work, Jenn advises the Member Training and Development Committee for the Junior League of Portland, is a singer/songwriter for her band The Heritage, an author, and an active voting member of the Recording Academy (NARAS).
TREASURER & SECRETARY, EVENTS
DREW BRADBURY, Director of Talent Acquisition at Aruba Networks
Drew is currently the Director of Talent Acquisition for Aruba Networks, Inc., a global technology organization headquartered in Sunnyvale, CA, and ranked number two in market share in the wireless LAN market. As Aruba’s talent acquisition leader, Drew oversees a global recruiting staff, as well as the management and implementation of staffing workflow, including the processes and technology required to support that workflow.
Drew has an additional 11 years of experience in the talent acquisition space, with three years of them as Director of Talent Acquisition and Development at First Republic Bank, and eight years as the Director of Campus Recruiting for The Parthenon Group, a Boston-based management consulting firm.
Drew graduated from the University of Wisconsin – Madison with a BA in English Literature. In between Scrabble games and crossword puzzles, Drew is also an avid hiker and a hobbyist musician and writer. He is proud to call SW Portland his home, where he lives with his wife, Randi, their four-year-old son, Jonah, and their 13-year-old dog, Ripley. Woof.
ALAN V. BOGARD, Leadership Talent Attraction Manager at Apple, Inc
Alan is currently on the team responsible for attracting and engaging front-end leaders through research, sourcing and recruiting. He supports the US, Canada and Brazil within Apple’s field organization. Prior to Apple, Alan spent 16 years in both Talent Acquisition leader and individual contributor roles primarily in recruiting agencies. His industry experience ranges from Retail to Financial, Information Technology and Professional Services.
“Starting my career in Travel and Hospitality taught me the value of customer service. My commitment to customer service and desire to help people is what led me to Recruiting. I strive to set an example of servant leadership and help people reach their potential by matching them with a career they are truly passionate about.“
Alan attended the University of Oklahoma where he studied Business Management. His specialty in Talent Acquisition is in Sourcing for Information Technology and Leadership positions. Alan grew up in Oklahoma and spent 20 years in Dallas, Texas prior to moving to Portland, Oregon in 2012. He enjoys endurance events like triathlons and marathons - in fact he met his wife during Hood to Coast! He's also a proud Father to his Son and Daughter.