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About PeopleGrove

We're a transformational company made up of passionate people who are guided by a bigger purpose. And we’re on our way to change the world.


to bring a Career Access Platform™ to higher ed


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Higher Education's First Career Access Platform™

We want to reinvent the wheel.

PeopleGrove set out to build the most helpful network ever created because we believe career fulfillment is a right every single person should have. To date, we've helped millions of learners on their career journeys.

Our vision

To help every learner successfully navigate to their next professional step in life.

Our mission

To ensure every learner has access to the people and networks needed to succeed.

Ambition Required

No one is meant to stay where they are, not even us

Co-founders Adam Saven and Reilly Davis Exit Google to embark on a New Mission

Goal: help students and professionals find meaningful careers through connections.

PeopleGrove finds product-market fit.

First 10 large university customers include: Stanford University, USC, Michigan, Kansas and Penn State.

Raises $4.7M in Series A

Expanding team, establishing new HQ in San Francisco.

Continued growth earns mainstream recognition

Founders featured in Forbes 30 Under 30. Inc. Ranked #113 on the Inc. 5000 list.

Hosted first large-scale PeopleGrove User Conference

PeopleGrove Innovators brings together university leaders from around the nation.

Rapid response to a global pandemic

Launched enrollment solution to drive Yield through virtual campus ambassador solution. Established Bridges Alliance with 100+ universities to source student projects from Alumni communities as internships worldwide were canceled.

Integration Partnerships with Slate, Salesforce, uConnect, GiveCampus, Brazen, and Zoom

Using integrations to allow universities to share data across their tech stack.

PeopleGrove expands to 100+ global team members

Embraced the new world of work, moved to a fully remote team.

PeopleGrove customer base grows to 450+ partners

New website, brand, and vision aligned to serving students across their journey.

The Riverside Company Investment

PeopleGrove looks to the future with Riverside as a leadership partner.

Super Mentors - The Ordinary Person’s Guide to Asking Extraordinary People for Help

First full-length book reframes the concept of mentorship and reaches top seller status at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Good Reads.

PeopleGrove acquires Student Opportunity Center

Adding Experiential Learning, High-Impact Practices (HIPs), and operational consulting services to our portfolio.

EdTech Breakthrough Award

PeopleGrove declared Career Prep Platform of the Year.

PeopleGrove acquires Jobzology and flagship product PathwayU

Strengthening science-based academic and career exploration capabilities.

Establishing footing as a leading brand

Through organic growth and acquisitions, PeopleGrove hits 650+ university partners worldwide.

PeopleGrove taps Higher Education executive to serve as CEO

Dawn Hiles brings a wealth of university leadership experience to the team.

We move as a team

Lovingly built by over 100 dedicated people working from 4 countries and 67 cities around the world.

4 countries

67 cities

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What we stand for

All of our interactions come back to these core values. They keep us moving forward together.

Learners first

Learning is lifelong. Learners seek knowledge to get to the next step in life. We deliver value to learners throughout the different stages of life’s journey. When we do right by learners, all else follows. We seek partners who put learners first.

Be ambitious

Are we solving the big problem or building a better mousetrap? We imagine what can be. We believe constraints are temporary because if there’s a will, there’s a way. We embrace ambiguity, forge ahead, and favor action over perfection.

Challenge assumptions

We don’t have all of the answers. We challenge ourselves to close the gap between our assumptions and reality. We ask the hard questions because we care (and want to win).

People, connected

Our company is not here to replace people— it’s here to connect them. Our people enable us to achieve our ambitions. To fulfill our vision to support every learner, our people must reflect the world around us and the world we aim to create.

Win or lose learn

We play to win (in the sprint and the marathon). We win as a team; we learn as a team. We’re not afraid to disagree or offer fearless feedback in order to win. We assume positive intent.

For the curious

PeopleGrove encourages employees to challenge themselves, their teammates, universities, and organizations to change the world.

Join Our Team


Building a community that celebrates progress, big ideas, and reinvention

Dawn Hiles


Reilly Davis

Co-Founder and Chief Innovation Officer

Nitin Hayaran

Chief Technical Officer

Bryan Landaburu

Chief Marketing Officer

Nikesh Hayaran

Vice President, Engineering

Nicole Stewart

Vice President of Campus Partnerships

Chris Freire

Vice President of Experiential Learning

Ela Provost

Director of Product Management

Matt Kelly

Director, Strategic Marketing & Communications

Keesa Sung

Director of Product Marketing

Autumn d'Adesky

Director, Demand Generation & Brand Creative

Jenifer Luton

Senior Director, Customer Success Management

Melissa Boyle

Director, Customer Support

Blake Kendrick

Director of Revenue Operations

Advancing the success of learners together

PeopleGrove has attracted significant support from The Riverside Company for its next chapter. Riverside offers a history of helping mission-driven education companies grow to the next level, such as ModernCampus and n2y. We’re excited for this opportunity to further expand PeopleGrove’s reach and transform learners’ journeys.

Join us on our journey.

Together, we can improve career access for all.