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Meet Alexandra Chan: The Fast Interview

Alexandra Chan, Executive Assistant to the CEO and COO at Fast

Alexandra Chan

Role: Executive Assistant to the CEO and COO at Fast

Team: General & Administrative

Talk about your background leading up to Fast.

I graduated with my bachelor's back in 2018 (Hospitality, San Francisco State University). I landed a job at Google, working for the Google Express project as an HR coordinator/recruiter. And then I went to Yelp to be a recruiting coordinator. I wasn't in love with recruiting. You're not fully engaged with all your employees. You're mostly focused on the new candidates and employees. So after that, I was recruited to Walmart ecommerce to be an executive assistant. I loved it, but after about a year, they said that they were relocating to Bentonville, Arkansas, so I started interviewing places.

How did that lead to Fast?

I wasn't in love with anything. All interviews just felt dull. Then Peter (Grassi, Director of Talent Acquisition at Fast) reached out to me on LinkedIn. I spoke with Domm (Holland, Co-Founder and CEO at Fast), and he was brilliant. I loved how he was so passionate and chill at the same time. Then Peter wanted me to speak with Allison (Barr Allen, Co-Founder and COO at Fast). I thought it was really cool. I loved her story and what they’re doing here. I was sold.

Where did you grow up, and what were you like as a child?

I'm born and raised in the Bay Area. I was a really good kid. I did a lot of schoolwork outside of school. My dad would make me do math problems after school. I sucked at math. I was more creative. I loved watching documentaries. We played outside a lot. I wasn't too crazy. I was very emotional and sensitive. I still am very emotional and sensitive. I just know how to compartmentalize it. I would have been cool with having a kid like me.

What was your first job ever?

My first job was being a hostess at BJ's. I hated my service-industry jobs. People can be mean and hostile for no reason. Big props to whoever works in the service industry, because it's bad.

What career path did you almost take?

Commercial real estate. In one of my senior seminars, we had speakers talk about commercial real estate, and they were talking big money. I thought, “Why not?” I was going to take an internship, but they were taking too long. Then an HR internship fell into my lap, and I thought let me just take this.

Which public figure or figures do you admire most and why?

Very powerful women leaders. Hillary Clinton, Michelle Obama, Kamala Harris – just women, especially women of color, in very powerful positions. I also admire the Kardashians and the Jenners for creating an empire out of nothing. I have nothing but respect for that. But I never put any of these people on pedestals because I think when you do that, there tends to be a lack of accountability. I admire what they create, because it is not easy to be a woman living in a man’s world.

What app on your phone do you use the most?

TikTok. The algorithm is so freaking good. It shows me exactly what I want to see. TikTok sucks hours out of my day.

What food do you uncontrollably eat?

Hot Cheeto Puffs.

Who’s your favorite TV or film character?

Gal Gadot. Wonder Woman. She's so dreamy. She's something else. I've never felt anything for any type of actor or actress until “Wonder Woman.”

What was the last show you binge-watched? 

Euphoria.”

What personal goal would you like to achieve in the next five years?

It's not really a goal, but it's something that I want to keep doing for the next few years. I want to live life. However anyone wants to take that, I'm going to live.