Fernéy Giraldo, MS, PHRi

As the lead for PHR’s human resource (HR) division, Giraldo is responsible for providing strategic guidance and leadership for all aspects of PHR’s domestic and global human resource functions. This includes providing direction in the development of HR structure, processes, and policies that foster an equitable, just, and positive organizational culture. Giraldo is responsible for the management of PHR’s employee lifecycle, while continuously assessing, growing, and retaining top quality and diverse talent.

Giraldo has more than 15 years of professional experience with global non-profit, state, and U.S. government agencies. Prior to joining PHR, Giraldo was the lead human resources and administration officer with the World Federation of United Nations Associations (WFUNA), an NGO with consultative status at the UN. In this capacity, he was responsible for overseeing HR and administrative functions across three duty stations (New York, Geneva, and Seoul). Giraldo also worked as director of specialized programs for the HR department of the Wildlife Conservation Society, managing HR capacity building and training initiatives with the goal of promoting and retaining diverse talent at the organization. Trained as a social worker, Giraldo previously worked for New Jersey’s Department of Children and Families as an investigator of child abuse and neglect.

Giraldo served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Guatemala from 2008-10. In 2014, he was the recipient of Peace Corps’ Franklyn H. Williams Award, an accolade that recognizes ethnically diverse returned Peace Corps volunteers who exemplify a commitment to diversity and life-long service.

Giraldo is a certified Professional in Human Resources international (PHRi) from the Human Resources Certification Institute. He holds an MS in international economic development from the New School and a BA in sociology and African studies from William Paterson University. He also has dual certificates in financial management and human resources from Cornell University. Giraldo is originally from Colombia and is fluent in Spanish.