Drew StarrPartner CHROs 2GO Partner
“Helps client business leaders achieve that balanced foundation of legal compliance and efficient operations while also helping leaders create effective people-practices”
In his early career, Drew found himself steeped in compliance and employment law. He quickly learned that avoiding fines and costly litigation is just the starting point for effective HR practice. Deepening is HR expertise, Drew helps client business leaders achieve that balanced foundation of legal compliance and efficient operations while also helping leaders create effective people-practices. His goal is to get full value from the workforce it invests in and achieve greater success in an organization’s objectives. He helps business leaders to reduce risk and build a stable, efficient foundation for HR operations. He helps businesses to develop a high performing workforce, with people who are skilled, equipped, and working hard as a team towards the organization’s goals and priorities.
Drew has more than 25 years executive experience across diverse industries — including banks, financial services, manufacturing firms, and human services organizations – and across publicly traded, privately held¸ and non-profit organizations. He also brings sales management experience, as he led an award-winning a sales and service team for a financial institution. He also served as Executive Director for a non-profit organization.
Prior to joining CHROs2Go, Drew was the Chief Human Resources Officer for Litman Gregory Asset Management, with more than $7B in assets under management. There, he slashed expenses while improving performance in the areas of insurance, payroll, and benefits; disciplined hiring and headcount management; customized incentive plans; and implemented cost-effective software for recruitment and performance management. He managed single-digit employee turnover while dramatically increasing the diversity of new hires. Drew also served as CHRO for the YMCA of the Silicon Valley, with 2,000 employees, and at the YMCA of the East Bay with 750 employees. The YMCA is a mission-driven non-profit, but its funding comes primarily from members (i.e., customer) fees, and it competes with private industry for those customers. Drew’s achievements as CHRO include extensive manager training; installing systems for HRIS, payroll, recruitment, performance management, and training. He created efficient and effective processes for hiring, onboarding, and training employees. He reduced worker’s comp costs, redesigned benefit programs, and instituted processes to reduce turnover, improve employee engagement and member/customer retention.
As HR Vice President at Wells Fargo Bank, Drew served diverse groups including small business technology, SBA lending, and community banking. He facilitated the small business banking group’s merger with Wachovia and developed engagement strategies that cut turnover to 3.5%. He designed and delivered the supervisor training program and the new hire onboarding program for the San Francisco Region.
Drew earned his Master in Business Administration from St. Mary’s College, and for two years he was an instructor for the SPHR professional certification exam preparation course. Drew has a BA from the University of Maryland, and a Masters degree from the University of Wisconsin – both in English Literature.
Drew serves on the volunteer board at Walnut Creek Presbyterian Church, and provides HR guidance and training to numerous non-profit organizations.
Outside of work, Drew enjoys time with his wife and sons, his Coton de Tuliers dogs, playing guitar, and golfing.