Grace Pai

Director of Recruiting

Grace comes to Red Kite Recruiting after a decade spent in the biotechnology and information technology world where she was involved in the Human Genome Project, worked with Nobel Laureates, sequenced the DNA of multiple species (she’s on PubMed!), led a variety of technology projects, and cut her teeth in contract IT recruiting. Grace was hesitant about going back into recruiting but intrigued by the potential at Red Kite and she joined Deanna in 2011 as her first full time employee. She was amazed at the amount of value partner-based recruiting adds and wants to bring that relationship to each of our clients.

Grace started as a generalist supporting multiple verticals including sales and marketing and has since found her niche in R&D and QA. She currently heads our Technical Services practice which also includes Engineering and Operations. She prides herself on her ability to understand and translate technical concepts, speak (quickly) to people at every level in the organization, and refer to herself in the third person. She is a new product junkie, closet foodie, and loves talking innovation.

Grace has a Bachelor’s Degree in Microbiology from the University of Maryland (Go Terps!) and still surprised to see them on the Big 10 Network. She moved to Chicago 10 years ago and is blessed to live in a city that offers multiple eating, drinking, cultural and tax-paying opportunities. Grace shares her home with two 100 lb dogs who allow her to cater to their every need.

Favorite quote: One cannot think well, love well, sleep well, if one has not dined well. – Virginia Woolf