Leadership Team

Esmeralda Peña

Executive Vice President of Human Resources

Esmeralda Peña serves as Vanir’s Executive Vice President of Human Resources (HR), building a culture of engagement, innovation and opportunity for our employees and the many clients and communities we serve.

Esmeralda has more than 15 years of hands-on HR and management experience and is responsible for overseeing the planning, implementation and management of all of Vanir’s HR operations. Her accomplishments include implementing a comprehensive strategic plan and design of HR operations to improve effectiveness in staff recruitment, retention and professional development. Today, Vanir proudly employs more than 60% minorities and women on its nationally-acclaimed team.

Esmeralda holds both a Master of Business Administration and a Bachelor’s Degree in HR Management from California State University, Sacramento. She serves on the board for the Sacramento Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, as co-chair of the board for the Latino Economic Council of Sacramento and is an active member of several other community-based organizations. Esmeralda has mentored scores of HR professionals at all career stages as well as many young aspiring professionals in many industries.