Elliot Epstein

Fractional People Leader with Expertise in Healthcare and Education

3x founding Head of People / Chief People Officer with expertise in digital health startups and a passion for leveraging technology for the greater good. Recently served as VP of Startup Enablement at Redesign Health. Began career as a Teach For America corps member. BA from Brown University.

Elliot Epstein



  • Luminary People Advisors

    Luminary People Advisors

    Founder & President

    May 2024 - Present

    Luminary People Advisors provides forward-thinking HR, talent, and strategy consulting to mission-driven organizations in order to accelerate innovation and amplify impact. Drawing upon technical expertise, hands-on operational experience, and lessons from supporting numerous CEOs and People teams, we solve immediate challenges and foster long-term success.

  • Redesign Health

    Redesign Health

    Vice President of Startup Enablement

    Jun 2022 - May 2024

    Redesign Health is a company that powers innovation in healthcare by developing technologies, tools, and insights that lower the barriers to change across the industry. Since 2018, exceptional founders have built over 65 companies at Redesign Health, impacting more than ten million lives across many aspects of the healthcare ecosystem including cancer care, teleaudiology, COVID-19 testing, metabolic health and more.

    • Led a team of ten FTEs managing CEO performance, candidate diligence, founding team hiring, and talent operations.
    • Built a programmatic approach to CEO performance for 50+ OpCos, incorporating feedback, 360° reviews, and aligned competencies.
    • Developed processes for escalating CEO performance concerns, focusing on feedback triangulation, action planning, and communication with governance committees.
    • Advised and coached OpCo board members and CEOs on organizational design, performance, culture, planning, and recruitment.
    • Drafted an OpCo Pause & Wind Down playbook and served as HRBP during pauses and wind downs, ensuring smooth execution.
    • Led an initiative to draft the ideal OpCo CEO profile through retros, stakeholder interviews, and external feedback with venture capitalists and executive coaches.
    • Designed and implemented a refreshed CEO assessment process, improving early CEO performance.
    • Created OpCo founding team composition principles and compensation guidelines, fostering high-performing teams and maximizing financial runway, and led their roll-out.
  • Lightyear Health

    Lightyear Health

    Chief People Officer & Chief Administrative Officer

    May 2021 - Jun 2022

    At Lightyear Health, we demand more for people aging with cognitive and functional impairments. We are working to create a world where everyone has access to the foremost experts in geriatric and dementia care. Our team combines technology, data-driven care models and medical expertise to support the specific healthcare needs of people in assisted living communities and skilled nursing facilities, onsite or in-person. We take a preventative approach to address the common medical problems faced by seniors before they escalate. Partnering with community care teams, primary care physicians and other healthcare practitioners, we add a high touch, specialized layer of coordinated care that focuses on maintaining quality of life. The Lightyear Health team does not accept the status quo of healthcare for aging persons. We believe with innovation and leadership, we can change what it means to age.

    • Built and scaled the People team to ten FTEs, covering Talent Acquisition, Performance Management, Learning & Development, People Operations, and Licensing & Credentialing.
    • Grew the company from ~30 to ~125 FTEs/PTEs, focusing on clinical hiring for market launches in Texas, California, and Virginia. Managed employer branding and sourcing strategies.
    • Developed an incentive-based pay structure for clinical teams to enhance productivity, partnerships, and patient outcomes.
    • Launched a career progression framework and performance management process, improving team output and addressing low performance.
    • Led an org-wide OKR rollout, increasing accountability and transparency through shared KPIs.
    • Oversaw RIFs to preserve cash runway during fundraising challenges, optimizing core business areas.
    • Stayed on as an Advisor at the CEO’s request to coach the executive team through subsequent RIFs and change management initiatives.
  • Galileo


    Head of People

    Jul 2018 - May 2021

    Galileo is a team-based medical practice working to improve the quality and affordability of health care for all. Operating across 50 states, Galileo offers high-touch, data-driven, multi-specialty, longitudinal care to diverse and complex patients—on the phone, in the home, and everywhere in between. Regional and national health plans, employers, and Fortune 500 organizations trust Galileo as the leading solution to improve population health. Founded by Dr. Tom X. Lee, the healthcare pioneer behind One Medical and Epocrates, Galileo is a team of leading innovators from healthcare, technology, and human-centered design. Our mission is to apply that talent and scientific thinking to transform society by solving our largest, toughest healthcare problems, while at the same time bringing patient and provider closer.

    • Built and scaled the People team to five FTEs, supporting growth from 15 to 130+ employees from stealth stage to post-Series C, doubling in size during COVID-19's first 18 months.
    • Planned and implemented strategic frameworks across Headcount Planning, Talent Acquisition, Onboarding, Culture & DEI, L&D, Compensation & Benefits, and People Data & Analytics.
    • Developed hiring playbooks for various roles, launched a branded careers page, and achieved an average time to fill of > 70 days and a 90%+ offer acceptance rate.
    • Achieved an employee net promoter score (eNPS) of 64, significantly above the industry average.
    • Developed and executed People Management training series, covering self-awareness, coaching, feedback, and meeting facilitation, with over 90% favorable ratings from participants.
  • BOLD Charter School

    BOLD Charter School

    Founding Board Member

    Oct 2017 - Aug 2022

    Bold's mission is to build world-class K-12 public schools that graduate students who are accomplished both intellectually and personally, and prepared to realize their highest potential as individuals and engaged citizens. We are actively seeking mission-driven, results-oriented professionals to join our team and help us bring our vision to life. If you, like us, seek to create a world in which demographics do not determine a child's destiny, then learn more about our job offerings by visiting our Careers page at boldschools.org/careers or by emailing us at careers@boldschools.org.

  • Knotel


    Head of People Operations

    May 2017 - Jul 2018

    Knotel is the world’s leading flexible workspace provider that matches, tailors, and manages space for customers.

    • Built and scaled the People Operations team to eight FTEs, covering Recruiting, Performance Management, Learning & Development, Total Rewards, and Engagement, supporting growth from ~25 to ~200 employees.
    • Established a talent acquisition function (branding, structured interviews, dedicated team), reducing time to hire by ~75%.
    • Oversaw cross-functional role calibration to ensure fair compensation, maintaining internal parity and alignment with market data.
    • Developed a performance review and promotion process, linking ratings to Knotel values and measurable results.
  • Global Health Strategies

    Global Health Strategies

    Director of Talent

    Aug 2016 - Jun 2017

    Global Health Strategies (GHS) is an international consulting company that specializes in global health communications, advocacy, research and strategy. We focus on public health issues that impact developing nations and emerging markets. Our clients include leading foundations, industry, NGOs, government agencies, academic institutions and product development. Our work is driven by a passion for improving the health and wellbeing of individuals and communities around the world. We offer the skills, knowledge and goal-driven efficiency to enhance our clients'​ efforts to address some of the world’s toughest health challenges, including HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis, malaria, polio eradication, sexual and reproductive health and vaccines. GHS has offices in the US, the UK, India, China, Brazil, Kenya and South Africa, and works with philanthropies, industry, multinational organizations, NGOs and governments around the world.

    • Managed full lifecycle recruitment: sourcing, selection, salary negotiation, and onboarding.
    • Redesigned performance management system with level-specific competencies, weighted scores, and refined calibration process.
    • Partnered with COO and CEO on compensation strategy, coaching managers on performance and development.
  • Success Academy Charter Schools

    Success Academy Charter Schools

    Director of Talent

    Jan 2014 - Aug 2016

    Since 2006, Success Academy has tackled educational inequities head-on by providing exceptional public education for 20,000 K-12 students in New York City. Our network of over 50 free public charter schools is looking for diverse, ambitious, talented people like you to join our teamStarting on your first day, you’ll receive world-class training and mentorship while working in a collaborative environment with passionate colleagues. As part of the Success Academy team, you will have ample growth opportunities within our network — including leadership roles. Success Academy is seeking candidates from all majors and backgrounds. All interviews are virtual, and a degree in Education is not required to teach. If you graduated or will be graduating with a bachelor's degree between Dec 2023 and Dec 2024, we encourage you to apply!We encourage you to look at our current openings and consider applying.

    • Expanded Instructional Talent Team from three to 15 members.
    • Created playbooks to meet annual hiring goals of ~500–800 staff while maintaining academic excellence as the network doubled.
    • Advised principals on hiring, succession planning, and employee relations, and trained team members in these areas.
    • Communicated talent strategy to external stakeholders, including foundations, board members, and donors.
    • Organized Success Academy "Case Study" at Teach For America's 25th Anniversary Summit, drawing hundreds of attendees.
  • Two Sigma Investments

    Two Sigma Investments

    Recruiter + Learning & Development Program Manager

    May 2012 - Feb 2014

    Two Sigma is a financial sciences company that combines advanced technology and data science with rigorous human inquiry to solve the toughest challenges in finance. Two Sigma aims to generate alpha for its clients and deliver differentiated solutions in investment management, securities, private equity, real estate, venture capital, portfolio analytics, and insurance. Founded in 2001 by David Siegel and John Overdeck, Two Sigma employs over 2,000 curious minds, and is headquartered in New York with offices around the globe. For more information visit www.twosigma.com. Two Sigma is proud to be an equal opportunity workplace. We do not discriminate based upon race, religion, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, age, status as a protected veteran, status as an individual with a disability, or any other applicable legally protected characteristics. The information presented in this profile is offered for recruiting purposes only and should not be used for any other purpose. As such, Two Sigma’s use of LinkedIn is not an offer to, or solicitation of, any potential clients or investors for the provision by Two Sigma of investment management, advisory or any other related services. No information posted by Two Sigma should be construed as investment advice, or as an offer to sell, or a solicitation of an offer to buy, any security or other instrument. All trademarks, logos, information and photos are ®/TM/© Two Sigma Investments, LP or its affiliates. All rights reserved.

    • Led development, implementation, and training for candidate evaluation, performance management, and career ladders across diverse teams.
    • Ran end-to-end searches on corporate teams (Charitable Foundations, Legal, Investor Relations, Chairman’s Office, HR).
  • Teach for America

    Teach for America

    Director, Regional Recruitment

    Jul 2009 - May 2012

    Teach For America is a bold and diverse movement of changemakers who confront educational inequity by teaching for at least two years and then working with unwavering commitment in every sector of society to create a nation free from this injustice. Together with partners throughout the educational ecosystem, our network of over 62,000 alumni and corps members are achieving the impossible, empowering lives, and helping shape the political, economic, and social future of our country.

    • Led five-person team to drive significant growth in new Corps Members by overall numbers and from underrepresented backgrounds.
    • Served on the Senior Admissions Committee, mentoring other selectors and making final decisions on borderline candidates for the Corps.
    • As Recruitment Director, managed record-breaking campaigns with respect to Corps Member size and racial / ethnic diversity therein at Columbia, Barnard, Amherst, Smith, and NYU.
  • Teach for America

    Teach for America

    Corps Member

    May 2007 - Jun 2009

    Teach For America is a bold and diverse movement of changemakers who confront educational inequity by teaching for at least two years and then working with unwavering commitment in every sector of society to create a nation free from this injustice. Together with partners throughout the educational ecosystem, our network of over 62,000 alumni and corps members are achieving the impossible, empowering lives, and helping shape the political, economic, and social future of our country.

    • Led elementary school students in Harlem and the South Bronx to achieve significant academic gains in all subjects.

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