Karen Hammond joined Jamboree in 2006 to manage the company’s growing human resources needs. Since then, both staff and revenue have more than tripled. Initially, Karen worked part-time managing general HR functions, implementing staff benefits, and creating human resources processes. But as Jamboree’s vision and size grew and expanded, Karen’s role has grown with it.
Her responsibilities include managing the HR staff team and overseeing the Board of Directors' Personnel Committee and the Jamboree volunteer and intern programs. She helped to onboard Quality Development and Construction, Inc., Jamboree’s construction entity and California licensed general contractor. During her tenure, she’s instituted a 9/80 work schedule, matching 403(b) retirement plans, compensation assessment software, and a Human Resources Information System (HRIS) program. She also manages many staff trainings and events.
Prior to Jamboree, Karen gained significant experience and expertise in HR management as a consultant to many companies of all industries and sizes. In addition to being an independent consultant, she headed the HR Department for FieldCentrix, a software development division, as well as for a division at Deutsche Bank.
Karen feels strongly about creating a supportive environment for staff as they carry out Jamboree’s mission. Under her leadership, the HR team has implemented a volunteer network and an intern program that expand Jamboree’s nonprofit mission by increasing our ability to provide opportunities and support for residents and the community. She believes that Jamboree’s partnerships reflect shared corporate values of quality, innovation, and trust. Karen credits the company’s network of HR partners with contributing invaluable resources, expertise, and ideas to Jamboree’s continual growth and success.
Karen enjoys being at home and entertaining family and friends. In her spare time, she likes to go camping with her family, provided they can find a pet sitter for their dog, cat, and tortoise.
Guiding principle: Respect for and acceptance of others is the most critical piece to building relationships and trust, even if they are different from me or have a different viewpoint.