Caitlin MacDonald

Director of People & Culture

Caitlin MacDonald is the Director of People & Culture at Accion Systems. In her role, Caitlin is responsible for ensuring that Accion is a place where all staff can thrive to meet the company’s aggressive and exciting business goals. 

Prior to joining Accion, Caitlin spent over 11 years scaling the nation’s fastest growing social enterprise, Year Up. After leading Operations at Year Up Bay Area for over 4 years, Caitlin helped expand the region from San Francisco to Silicon Valley, and launched Year Up Los Angeles in August 2016 and Year Up Arizona in January 2015 as founding interim Executive Director, raising start-up capital of $5M+ and securing founding corporate partners. Additionally, Caitlin launched Year Up’s R&D Lab, driving the development of new, innovative concepts to connect talent in need of jobs to companies in need of talent, at scale.

As a People Operations Team Lead at Google, Caitlin managed the Hiring Committee Training team to develop and standardize onboarding and ongoing training for Google’s 275+ Hiring Committees globally to ensure that they are operating effectively, efficiently, and without bias to hire top talent while hitting aggressive hiring goals.

Most recently, Caitlin spent two years leading Strategy & Innovation and People & Culture at Genesy Works. There, she led the executive team through a strategic planning process to improve organizational effectiveness, launch innovations to scale the program, and drive strong organizational culture, ultimately building the foundation for future exponential growth. Additionally, she rebuilt the People &  Culture function with a focus on improving the employee value proposition from onboarding, performance management, and staff development to culture, wellness, and DEI to decrease turnover and improve employee satisfaction and overall performance.

Caitlin is an advisor for Empower Work, a national nonprofit with the mission of creating healthy, equitable workplaces where employees are valued, supported, and empowered. 

Caitlin earned her Bachelor’s Degree from Bowdoin College and an MBA from Boston University.