Team

  • Todd Gitlin

    Todd Gitlin

    Managing Partner & Founder

    • Founded Safire Partners in 2006
    • Prior ExperienceAn executive recruiter since 1999 first recruiting CFOs for pre-IPO VC backed companies, and in 2002 working at a leading SoCal search firm. Rather than celebrate former employers (now competitors on our website), let’s leave it at general descriptions.
    • EducationChico State (1999)
    • PersonalTraveling the world, at the cabin, testing the next great restaurant in LA, and probably talking about LATech with some VC-CEO. Todd was born and raised in Los Angeles. He is a true Angeleno whose Grandfather (Steve Safire — our namesake) moved here from New York in 1940s.
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  • Aaron Zeeb

    Aaron Zeeb

    Recruiting Partner

    • Prior ExperienceManaging the talent teams at Zest Finance (2014) and SpaceX (2008-2014), and recruiting at Google (2006-2008) and Bearing Point (2004-2006).
    • EducationUniversity of Texas at Dallas (2000)
    • PersonalAddicted to coffee, the outdoors (hiking in the summers and snowboarding in the winters), professional basketball (former season ticket holder for the Clippers) and traveling abroad with his wife (Amber). Aaron was born in Ohio, raised in Texas, and a resident of SoCal for the past 10 years.
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  • Trey Shelton

    Trey Shelton

    Recruiting Partner

    • Prior ExperienceFounder/CEO of Music Interactive (2005-2014), VC backed and acquired by FSharp.
    • EducationVanderbilt University (1999)
    • PersonalExploring our national parks and far reaching places of the world while eating strange foods and discovering new music. Trey was born in Tennessee, lived in NYC for 4 years, and has happily called LA home for a combined 11 years.
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  • Andrew Abramson

    Andrew Abramson

    Recruiting Partner

    • Prior ExperienceExecutive Recruiter at Korn Ferry (2013-2015); and Director of Analytics at Octagon (2010-2014).
    • EducationUniversity of Southern California (MBA, 2016)
      Syracuse University (BA, 2010)
    • PersonalAnalyzing fantasy football rosters, being wildly inconsistent on the golf course, and building a mobile app (Swayy). Andrew was born in Alexandria, VA and moved to Los Angeles in 2013. He doesn’t intend on leaving any time soon.
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  • Dan Hampton

    Dan Hampton

    Senior Principal

    • Prior ExperiencePreviously a Senior Recruiter at Lucas Group; and a former Air Force officer having served six years on active duty.
    • EducationUniversity of Southern California (MA, 2010)
      University of Oklahoma (BA, 2005)
    • PersonalAvid reader, gamer, and college football fan. Dan was born on a military base in Japan, and grew up in California and Oklahoma. Dan moved to Los Angeles in 2008 and plans to never leave.
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  • Todd Goldwater

    Todd Goldwater

    Principal

    • Prior ExperiencePrincipal Recruiter at Foundation Talent (2014-2016); and Head of Marketing and Operations at Meridian Development LLC (2012-2014).
    • EducationPenn State University (B.A. 2007)
      Thomas R. Kline School of Law at Drexel University (J.D. 2010)
    • PersonalTodd grew up just outside Philadelphia and is a diehard Philly sports fan. He’s a cheesesteak connoisseur, loves the beach, spending time outdoors, and traveling. So far, he’s loving Los Angeles and all that it has to offer.
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  • Nicole Goldberg

    Nicole Goldberg

    Principal

    • Prior ExperienceSenior Associate Silicon Valley Bank (2013-2017); and Senior Recruiter/Account Manager (2011-2013)
    • EducationUniversity of Denver BA, Finance 2011
    • PersonalColorado born and raised, Niki loves the mountains and the outdoors. Having done Semester at Sea in college, she has a passion for traveling and experiencing new cultures. In her free time, Niki enjoys exploring the outdoors with her golden retriever puppy (Grace), spending time with friends, and learning to play golf.
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  • Riley Long

    Riley Long

    Principal

    • Prior ExperienceManaged talent at DogVacay (2016 – 2017); recruiting at Dollar Shave Club (2016); and Associate at StartupTAP (2014-2016).
    • EducationUniversity of California Santa Barbara (2013)
    • PersonalHiking and exploring the outdoors (summited Mt. Whitney with a day pass), rooting on the Dodgers and Lakers, and searching for great food. Riley was born in Los Angeles and after a stint in Santa Barbara for school, has returned home.
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  • Brendan Shannon

    Brendan Shannon

    Principal

    • Prior ExperienceExecutive Recruiter at Spencer Stuart; Slayton Search Partners; and Korn Ferry.
    • EducationMarquette University (BS, 2010)
    • PersonalIn his free time, Brendan enjoys golf, hiking, college basketball, and trying new restaurants. As a new Angeleno (Chicago transplant), he looks forward to exploring LA’s culinary scene.
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  • Alicia Harmon

    Alicia Harmon

    Principal

    • Prior ExperienceHuman Capital & Talent at Deloitte Consulting (2014-2017); Product & Strategy at Plum District (a long-since acquired VC-backed startup) (2012-2013); Campaign Finance (2008-2011)
    • EducationUniversity of Southern California (MBA, 2015)
      University of Colorado (BS, 2008)
    • PersonalAvid traveler, scuba diver, and foodie. Alicia was born in Los Angeles (a little known fact), but raised in Colorado. She returned to California in 2011 by way of San Francisco, and landed back in Los Angeles in 2013, where she now resides with her husband, Patrick, and her rescue puppy, Irish.
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  • Paige Heilbrun

    Paige Heilbrun

    Recruiting Coordinator

    • Prior ExperienceExecutive Search Research Assistant at the Kathy Freeman Company.
    • EducationCal Poly, San Luis Obispo (2016)
    • PersonalEnjoys traveling, eating her way through LA, taking a dance or Pilates class, and relaxing with a good book and an excessive amount of candles. Paige was born and raised in a suburban area of LA, leaving to attend school in San Luis Obispo. While she loved living on the beautiful central coast, Paige is happy to be back living in the heart of Los Angeles.
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  • Tristan Saggese

    Tristan Saggese

    Recruiting Coordinator

    • Prior ExperienceCampus Tour Guide for UCLA’s Admissions Department (2015-2017); and Research Associate at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center
      (2016 – 2017).
    • EducationUniversity of California Los Angeles (BA, 2017)
    • PersonalA California native, Tristan enjoys sunny days and sandy beaches. In his free time, he loves to draw cartoons and bike around Los Angeles. He fell in love with LA after spending a few years studying Evolutionary Biology at UCLA, and he’s been here ever since!
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  • Regina Bliss

    Regina Bliss

    Head of Operations

    • Prior ExperienceFounder/CEO of Work/Life Benefits (acquired by Accor in 2001).
    • EducationCSU Northridge
    • PersonalTraveling, playing tennis, kayaking at the lake and watching great movies.
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