ABOUT PIHRA and who we are!


PIHRA Home Office:

Professionals In Human Resources Association (PIHRA)

18080 Crenshaw Blvd. #7909
Torrance, CA 90504-9998

P: +1 (424) 329-0200
F: +1 (310) 416-9055


PIHRA Mission

To engage, elevate and serve the California human resource community through innovative programming, professional development and high-impact networking opportunities.

Originally founded in 1944 as the Personnel and Industrial Relations Association (PIRA) by a small group of Los Angeles personnel administrators, PIHRA has grown to serve eighteen professional chapters, twelve student chapters and three specialty groups. PIHRA has a dedicated staff and is headquartered in Gardena, CA.


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Code of Ethics & Good Practices

The Professionals In Human Resources Association (PIHRA) believes in conducting business in accordance with uncompromising ethical standards. As a condition of membership in PIHRA, each member pledges its support of, and adherence to, the principles set forth below. PIHRA members acknowledge that such compliance is in the best interests of the human resources profession, the community, its members, its business partners and its employees. PIHRA members agree to always:

Comply with all laws and regulations applicable to their membership, and to maintain high standards of ethical conduct in the operation of that membership and in their dealings with fellow members, employees, sponsors, vendors and others with whom members come in contact during their membership interactions.

Treat all members with dignity and respect, without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, disability, or any other characteristic or basis prohibited by applicable law.

Maintain and encourage high standards of integrity in all efforts pertaining to membership.

Avoid any behavior which could construed as harassment, bullying, or degrading to any fellow member, employee, vendor or sponsor.

Refrain from sharing gossip or negativity about the organization or individual members with other members, employees, vendors or sponsors, either in writing or orally, including through social media and any other public communication channels.

Take prompt action to address member questions, concerns, or complaints regarding unsafe conditions, discrimination, harassment, or any other matter involving the terms and conditions of their membership.

Following these guidelines is paramount to maintaining PIHRA membership. It is the responsibility of each member/employee to preserve PIHRA’s positive professional reputation.

PIHRA members are encouraged to make a report of any violation to this Code of Ethics that they may be witness of, or a victim of discrimination or harassment from another member. Such report may be made either to the President of the Board at, or to the chairperson of the PIHRA Ethics committee.

Members of the organization that are found to be in violation of any items in the Code of Ethics may be subject to corrective action, up to and including immediate termination of their PIHRA membership and all benefits thereof.



Contact PIHRA

18080 Crenshaw Blvd. #7909
Torrance, CA 90504-9998

P: +1(424) 329-0200

F: +1(310) 416-9055



PIHRA Home Office Team

Meet the association’s team!

  Samantha Ackerman
Career Center Representative
(860) 659-5714
Lili Argüello, MBA, SHRM-SCP
Director, Membership
(424) 329-0215
Genelle Chua
Director, Marketing
(424) 329-0216

Tim Thoms-Cappello
Director, Exhibits & Sponsorships
(424) 329-0221
Glenn Davidson
Accounting Consultant
(424) 329-0214
Valerie Hamilton
Programs Coordinator
(424) 329-0217
Alma Pinedo
Marketing & Communications Coordinator
(424) 329-0222
Rafael Rivera, MBA, CAE, SPHR, SHRM-SCP
Chief Executive Officer | Editor
(424) 329-0220
JJ Smith
Director, Education
(424) 329-0218
Courtni Tyrrell
PIHRA Workplace (Mineral) Customer Success Manager
(503) 334-3928
Eliset Zapien, M.A
Membership Coordinator
(424) 329-0210 



“As an HR professional, I find an amazing value in my PIHRA Pasadena membership. PIHRA continually goes above and beyond to find new and creative ways to bring members together and spark discussion and learning on the most current and relevant topics in our field. I count the group as one of my most useful and fun human resources tools and a real business partner to Lawry’s.”

– Tiffany Stith, Director Human Resources (Lawry’s Restaurant, Inc., Pasadena, CA)