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Meet Linda Davis: The Fast Interview

Linda Davis, Human Resources Manager at Fast

Linda Davis

Role: Human Resources Manager

Team: People Operations

Talk about your background leading up to Fast?

After I graduated from San Francisco State (business marketing degree), I started off in customer support and account management and I worked for both Global Fortune 500 companies and tech companies. At the first startup that I worked for, they created an operations department later on after they hit about 50 people. So I started working there as an operations manager, and I fell in love with it. And at the next couple of startups that I went to, I was the office manager, and I wore a lot of hats. I did facility management, HR administration, executive assistant work, and also event planning.

How did you find your way to Fast?

Allison (Barr Allen, Fast’s Co-Founder and COO) reached out to me through LinkedIn about a position with Fast. When they made me the offer, they said I would be able to work 100% in HR. And I loved it because out of all those things I did as an office manager at the last two companies, I always loved the HR portion, especially working with benefits administration because benefits are so important for employees. That’s how I evolved into HR.

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

I grew up in the San Francisco area. I loved sports growing up. I definitely was, as they called me back then, a “tomboy.” During the summer or after school, we would play outside, so most of my childhood sports were playing in the streets with the other kids. By the time I got to high school, there were more organized sports for girls, so I joined the basketball and track teams and really loved it.

What is one of your fondest childhood memories?

My mom came here from Italy when she was 21. She had four kids here in America, and all of us were U.S. citizens. My dad was, too. But she was not. She took the test to get U.S. citizenship, and she failed the first time. For the second test, she was worried, so I studied with her every night for two to three weeks. One of the fondest memories of my childhood was when she passed, and she passed because I helped her. I just remember how happy she was.

My mom passed away a year ago. When I was doing her eulogy, that memory came up. I find it so empowering because my mom was part of the American Dream.

What was your very first job?

I worked at a movie theater, and I loved it. I made minimum wage, very low. It was only $3.35 an hour. That gives you an idea when that was. My favorite parts were meeting new people from different high schools and also being able to go to the movies for free.

Which public figure do you admire most and why?

Lady Gaga. I love her music. I've been to a couple of her concerts, and they were just so awesome. She always stands for love, unity, and treating people with respect and kindness.

What food do you uncontrollably eat?

Would it be OK to use a drink – iced tea? I drink it every day. Unsweetened iced tea.

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

My goal is to go to every state in the United States. I'm at 35 right now. This year, because of COVID, it kind of slowed us down.