Meet the Innovators

Innovations is committed to helping people launch and elevate their
careers. Your success is our success. 

 

PAULA TODD
President

Paula founded Innovations PSI, Inc. in 1985 to provide personalized recruitment services to the financial services industry. For 32 years she has assisted companies in their quest to identify and hire the top talent needed to achieve business goals. Paula prides herself on establishing and maintaining relationships with her clients and strives to maintain a record of customer satisfaction and excellence. Forming strong ties to both companies and individuals has allowed Innovations to be a leading provider of talent recruitment in the financial services. Paula is also active at Wells Fargo Advisory Committee and Glide Memorial.




 

Jake Bridgland
Director Executive Search 

Jake Bridgland is the Managing Director of Innovations’ Executive Search desk at Innovations PSI. He has more than 20 years experience working in the investment management industry at prestigious firms such as Fidelity and John Hancock. Jake knows the industry, speaks the language and is passionate about helping individuals advance their careers. Since joining Innovations he has successfully placed individuals into roles at family offices, RIAs, asset management firms, and within Fintech. Jake has a BA in Economics from Northumbria Univeristy. Jake also volunteers for the Larkin Street Organization, helping kids gain independence and confidence while keeping them off the streets.

Laura Kent
Senior Vice president

Laura Kent is a Senior Vice President at Innovations with a BA from University of California Santa Barbara. A Bay Area native with over 25 years of experience, she has placed countless candidates in many industries, including Finance, Technology, Hedge Funds, and Consumer companies.  Laura partners with her candidates and clients to understand just what they are looking for and has the knack for finding the perfect match! Laura has maintained strong relationships with her candidates over the years, many of which have advanced and are now clients who hire from Innovations. In her free time, Laura volunteers for a non-profit that studies rare diseases in hopes of finding treatment options. She also enjoys spending time at the beach with her family and  highly energetic and adorable standard poodle, Stone!

Laura Geranen
Senior vice president 

Laura is a Senior Vice President in the Direct Hire Division. She joined Innovations PSI as an Associate in 1993, and has worked as a recruiter both in San Francisco and overseas throughout most of her career. Laura enjoys hiking, biking and sailing. She spent a year sailing though the South Pacific to New Zealand where she enjoyed diving, filming underwater sea life, and experiencing other cultures with friends. Laura is a fourth generation San Francisco Bay Area native who has a background in yacht racing and competing in local triathlons.

Jon Swartz
Executive Search Manager

Jon Swartz is the Executive Search Manager at Innovations PSI. He began his career at Robert Half in 2012. His recruitment focus is with banks, RIA's, asset management and alternative investment firms. Jon is passionate about networking and relationship building. He frequents weekly networking events that focus on both business development and philanthropic, community outreach. He also enjoys soccer, cycling, running, and travel.

Isabella Jaffe
Recruiting Coordinator

Isabella joined Innovations as the Recruiting Coordinator in 2016. She graduated with a BA in both International Relations and German from Chico State University. She enjoys traveling, cooking, watching Bay Area sports, and hopes to obtain her scuba diving certification in 2017. 

Kurt Gundersen
Director Temporary Division

Kurt first joined Innovations in 2006 as a temporary staffing consultant and continues to manage the temporary division today. Prior to joining Innovations, he gained six years of experience as a temporary and direct hire legal recruiter. He has a BA in Theater from the University of Maine, an MFA in Acting from Arizona State University and can occasionally be seen on stage in local Bay Area productions. 
 

Jason Todd
Research Associate

Jason joined Innovations in 2014 as a Research Associate. He attended Santa Monica College and majored in Business Administration. Jason is a bay area native as well as an avid sports fan. His favorite teams are the Warriors, 49ers, and the Giants.