Nilka Thomas

Chief People Officer at Lyft


Nilka first joined Lyft in 2018 as Vice President of Talent Acquisition & Inclusion, after more than a decade at Google. During a period of exponential growth for the company, Nilka was instrumental in recruiting top talent, allowing Lyft to scale quickly and succeed. Most recently, Nilka served as Chief People Officer at SeatGeek, where she worked to retain talent and look after their team in these difficult times.

Nilka’s work on inclusion and diversity laid the foundation for what is now a robust and influential function within the People team, and she brings to Lyft an understanding of the unique workplace challenges brought about by COVID-19.

Nilka succeeds Emily Nishi, who served as Lyft’s Chief People Officer for three years. Emily was instrumental to Lyft’s growth, building a high performing People Team and guiding Lyft’s transition to a public company.



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