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Team


Our Team

HQ Team

Baris Akis
  • Baris Akis
    Co-Founder & Managing Partner

    Baris Akis (Stanford ’16) founded his first company during his freshman year and sold it the following year to focus on his CS degree with an AI specialization. He used the proceeds to start investing into his peers’ startups. During his third year, Baris noticed a significant disconnect between high-growth startups and top engineering students. As a result, Baris left Stanford in 2015 to launch Nav Talent, with the goal of connecting top engineers to unique, high-impact opportunities.

Zabie Elmgren
  • Zabie Elmgren
    Principal


    Zabie (Harvard ‘18) is a Principal at Nav Talent, working to connect our high-potential engineers to the diverse set of opportunities we represent. While completing her undergraduate degrees in computer science and economics, Zabie interned at a number of large and small tech companies in the Bay Area and in Washington DC. Zabie helped launch the Nav Talent team at Harvard and was both an Associate and Campus Director before joining the HQ team full-time. Outside of engineering, Zabie was on Harvard's Varsity Rowing Team and grew up between Oakland and Squaw Valley as a competitive racer and (later) extreme skier.

Shannon Harrington
  • Shannon Harrington
    Senior Principal


    Shannon loves connecting people with their passions. She has spent her career within the People function across Venture Capital firms, a mid-sized tech company, and startups. After growing up in Philly, Shannon transitioned to the West Coast to attend Stanford where she majored in Urban Studies and competed on the Women's Squash team. Shannon is an Aries who enjoys board games, improv, hint water, and party planning.

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Brandon Beckhardt
  • Brandon Beckhardt
    Head of Matchmaking



    Brandon (Stanford ’16) leads our Principal team, the team that connects our high-potential engineers to the diverse set of opportunities we represent. During his undergrad, Brandon was one of the initial Nav Talent team members at Stanford and was also on the gymnastics team while completing his CS degree. After graduation, Brandon joined Lending Club as a software engineer, where he worked on encryption and optical character recognition projects. While Brandon is an engineer at heart, he found himself looking to have a bigger impact and was coming to the Nav office after hours to help in any way possible. After a year in industry, he realized that helping build Nav Talent and shaping the industries of the future would require his complete attention and decided to join the team full time. Brandon is driven by innovations that make things easier and more efficient for society on earth and beyond.

Norma Bostarr
  • Norma Bostarr
    Head of Operations



    "Norma graduated from UCLA in 2014 with a degree in Human Biology and Society - a major which she helped create, because she thought it should exist. As a clinical research coordinator, she spearheaded the growth of a neurology clinic from the ground up and increased efficiency by 800%. As Chief Operations Officer of The Youth Movement Against Alzheimer's, she led the team through the creation of processes and operations that are still being used today. At Practice Fusion she worked to reduce admin costs in healthcare while always leading her team and surpassing her sales goals. As a coordinator for the Grace Hopper Celebration, she cultivated the experience for high profile attendees (aka game-changing women technologists) and systematized the process for people to use in her role for years to come. In her free time, she loves to travel, explore nature, run, bike, and read!
    Norma's excited to bring her ability to organize, scale, and lead teams to Nav Talent to help as many engineers find fulfilling and purposeful work that allows them to live their best life."

Pasha Minkovsky
  • Pasha Minkovsky
    Product Lead & Principal

    Pasha is Berkeley Computer Science ‘18 and he is currently on a leave of absence to work as a partner at Nav Talent. Previous to joining Nav Talent he was working at Digital Genius’ ML research team in London.

Yuvraj Malhotra
  • Yuvraj Malhotra
    Junior Principal


    Yuvraj graduated from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in May 2017 with dual majors in Economics and Environmental Sustainability. Born in India, and raised in Dubai, Yuvraj grew up interacting with people from all religions and cultures, which helped cultivate his passion for people. After exploring a variety of job functions in different parts of the world, Yuvraj realized he wanted to pursue a career with a social impact, as well as one that served his passion for meeting new people. Following his internship at the United Nations Headquarters in New York, Yuvraj wanted to see what it would be like to work at a much smaller organization - one with less bureaucracy and a more hands-on approach to social impact. Nav Talent seemed like the perfect fit, so Yuvraj packed his bags and moved to San Francisco! In his spare time, you can find Yuvraj traveling, eating (most often the case), playing the guitar, or just hanging out with friends.

Jada Webster
  • Jada Webster
    Principal & Special Projects

    Jada (Stanford '16) her BS in Symbolic Systems (Decision-making and Rationality focus) and Minor in Modern Languages (Spanish, Portuguese). While in school, she helped build Stanford's Social Entrepreneurial Students' Association. Following graduation, Jada moved to brand consulting where she worked in Strategy, Writing, and Business Development. Jada is thrilled to join Nav Talent as Head of Special Projects and a Principal (Social Impact, Cybersecurity focus).



Associates and Ambassadors

Aayush Bhutani
  • Aayush Bhutani
    ECE
    CMU, 2019

Kamyar Ghiam
  • Kamyar Ghiam
    Business
    CMU, 2020

Alex Nicita
  • Alex Nicita
    Computer Science
    Columbia, 2020

Vivian Shen
  • Vivian Shen
    Computer Science
    Columbia, 2019

Sara Du
  • Sara Du
    Computer Science
    Harvard, 2020

Melia Henderson
  • Melia Henderson
    Computer Science
    Harvard, 2020

Sharon Lin
  • Sharon Lin
    EECS
    MIT, 2021

Stella Yang
  • Stella Yang
    Computer Science
    MIT, 2020

Lauren Tang
  • Lauren Tang
    Computer Science
    Princeton, 2021

Gunguk Kim
  • Gunguk Kim
    Computer Science
    Stanford, 2021

Nathan Kong
  • Nathan Kong
    Computer Science
    Stanford, 2020

Drew Kim
  • Drew Kim
    Computer Science
    UC Berkeley, 2020

Brian Friedenberg
  • Brian Friedenberg
    EECS
    UC Berkeley, 2019

Elina Yon
  • Elina Yon
    Computer Science
    UC Berkeley, 2021

Jacob Friedman
  • Jacob Friedman
    Computer Science
    UPenn, 2019

Jillian Khoo
  • Jillian Khoo
    Computer Science
    USC, 2021

Yingyu Sun
  • Yingyu Sun
    Computer Science
    USC, 2019

Teresa Liu
  • Teresa Liu
    Computer Science
    USC, 2020

Ike Kilinc
  • Ike Kilinc
    ECE
    CMU, 2020

Alex Singh
  • Alex Singh
    Computer Scienec
    CMU, 2020

Ninad Nirgudkar
  • Ninad Nirgudkar
    Astrophysics
    Columbia, 2020

Michael Tan
  • Michael Tan
    Economics
    Duke, 2020

Vojta Drmota
  • Vojta Drmota
    Computer Science
    Harvard, 2020

Caiseen Kelley
  • Caiseen Kelley
    Computer Science
    Harvard, 2020

Rami Rustom
  • Rami Rustom
    Computer Science
    MIT, 2020

Jessica Ho
  • Jessica Ho
    Electrical Eng
    Princeton, 2020

Austin Meija
  • Austin Meija
    Computer Science
    Princeton, 2021

Elina Thadhini
  • Elina Thadhini
    Computer Science
    Stanford, 2021

Samanee Mahbub
  • Akash Mamidi
    Computer Science
    Stanford, 2020

Riley Edmunds
  • Riley Edmunds
    Computer Science
    UC Berkeley, 2019

Chanan Walia
  • Chanan Walia
    Computer Science
    UC Berkeley, 2020

Graham Hughes
  • Graham Hughes
    EECS
    UC Berkeley, 2020

Robert Zajac
  • Robert Zajac
    Computer Science
    UPenn, 2019

Shivangi Agarwal
  • Shivangi Agarwal
    Computer Science
    USC, 2019

Aniruddh Bharadwaj
  • Aniruddh Bharadwaj
    Computer Science
    USC, 2019

Jessica Au
  • Jessica Au
    Computer Science
    USC, 2021

Hariank Muthakana
  • Hariank Muthakana
    Computer Science
    CMU, 2020

Vaibhav Viswanathan
  • Vaibhav Viswanathan
    Robotics
    CMU, 2020

Spencer Yen
  • Spencer Yen
    Computer Science
    Columbia, 2020

Thomas Williford
  • Thomas Williford
    Public Policy
    Duke, 2021

Natlie Margulies
  • Natalie Margulies
    Computer Science
    Harvard, 2021

Su Yang
  • Su Yang
    Computer Science
    MIT, 2020

Ethan Sit
  • Ethan Sit
    Aerospace Eng
    MIT, 2020

Rachel Groberman
  • Rachel Groberman
    Computer Science
    MIT, 2020

Son Do
  • Son Do
    Computer Science
    Princeton, 2021

Tanay Kothari
  • Tanay Kothari
    CS & Math
    Stanford, 2020

Aakash Adesara
  • Aakash Adesara
    Computer Science
    UC Berkeley, 2020

Kyle Kranen
  • Kyle Kranen
    EECS
    UC Berkeley, 2020

Divya Nekkanti
  • Divya Nekkanti
    EECS
    UC Berkeley, 2020

Pranav Sekhar
  • Pranav Sekhar
    Computer Science
    UC Berkeley

Adele Li
  • Adele Li
    Economics
    UPenn, 2020

Kishan Trivedi
  • Kishan Trivedi
    Computer Science
    USC, 2019

William Wang
  • William Wang
    Computer Science
    USC, 2019

Nihar Sheth
  • Nihar Sheth
    Computer Science
    USC, 2021