About Me

Viva Asmelash,
Inclusion Strategist & Consultant

Start having the conversations that matter most.

My professional purpose is to create environments where people feel truly seen and are inspired to be their best and most authentic selves. I bring this to life as a strategic and intuitive people operations  professional with 15 years of experience in purpose-driven branding, high-impact DEI work, leadership training & development, and career-focused marketing. My sweet spot is the intersection of inclusive messaging, driving people-centered strategic outcomes, and facilitating critical conversations with grace.

 

For over seven years, I developed the employer brand at Galileo Learning that drew an annual average of over 7,000 applicants, launched and co-led the multi-faceted DEI strategy, managed multiple thought leadership initiatives, and worked to ensure Galileo's consistent recognition—including being named one of The SF Business Times' Best Places to Work in the Bay Area (with over ten consecutive years on the list), a Real Leader Magazine Top 100 Impact Company, and one of Forbes' 25 Best Small Companies in America.

 

I'm a first generation Eritrean-American woman, whose mother—while pregnant with me—emigrated to the United States as a political refugee with three other small children. This has given me a unique, life-long perspective on race, gender, culture, belonging, privilege, and access to education. With this lens and my industry experience, I now work with select clients through my consultancy—like global marketing firm MiQRitual, August PublicPhilanthropy U, and Port of Long Beach—to share my insights and strategies to deepen their inclusion ethos and efforts. I'm also an active speaker & mental health advocate in northern California whose personal passions include social justice, contemporary art, and all things design and music.