Chief Human Resources Officer
Heidi Pirela is the Chief Human Resources Officer (CHRO) of Intelligent Waves, LLC. In her role, she is responsible for defining and leading the company’s human resources strategy. Heidi has over 19 years in HR Executive leadership roles, designing, leading, and executing the delivery of scalable workforce solutions in alignment with strategic business goals across geographically dispersed organizations.
Heidi is a proven innovator, thought leader, and business partner, who drives people-centric solutions with strategic experience that spans multiple industries including High-Tech Start-Ups, Aerospace, Defense & Intelligence, Commercial Technology, and Fortune 100 companies. She has a proven track record of leading HR teams that maximize efficiency, drive engagement, and leverage integrated HR technologies to add value and deliver best in class HR strategies. She has earned her reputation as an effective change agent within organizations, known for revamping HR departments to become value-added trusted partners.
Heidi joins the Intelligent Waves team after serving for two years as Sr. Director/Head of People Operations for Spaceflight Industries (SFI), a Geospatial Intelligence & Data Analytics company focused on satellite imagery and on-demand intelligence offerings. In this role, Heidi led a redesign and rebranding of the company’s Human Resources department to become the “People Operations” team with the vision of transforming the employee experience at SFI by operating with a people-centric lens, which in turn established trust and confidence from employees and executives across the organization.
Heidi earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology from McDaniel College in Westminster, MD and a Master’s in Public Administration (MPA) with a focus on Human Resource Management from the American University in Washington, D.C.
Heidi is also certified with a Senior Professional of Human Resources (SPHR) by the Human Resources Certification Institute (HRCI), the premier credentialing and learning organization for the human resources profession. Heidi is also certified by the Society of Human Resources Management with the designation of the Society of Human Resource Management Senior Certified Professional (SHRM-SCP). Heidi holds a Certificate in Human Resources Management from George Mason University and a certification in Performance Management Innovation (PMI) from the Human Capital Institute (HCI).