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You’re on a mission to make the workforce a diverse force.

We make it easy to recruit brilliant minds who built their skills, their way.

What We Do

Next Shift Learning is a
workforce design studio.

We build innovative, custom learning programs that help industry hirers discover top talent — whether they’re from low-income and first-generation backgrounds, or have intersectional identities. Our team partners with yours to get a direct look at how work really happens. Then, we help you prepare future job candidates with skills that meet your company’s needs.

We partner with leading tech, entertainment and workforce development organizations to grow talent fit for their future of work. We do this through inclusive upskilling cohort-based learning experiences, professional development and coaching, and development and deployment of customized ecosystem diversity approaches and impact measurement. 

We’ve intentionally designed the Next Shift Learning team with a wide range of perspectives, experiences and subject matter expertise to create meaningful collaborations for our partners.

Core Services
+ Values

They’re qualified. They know tech. They want to break in.

Designed based on our principles of empathy and equity, these services help you find Black, Latinx, Asian and Asian Pacific Islander talent from non-traditional backgrounds. Or, simply put: fresh minds for the things you create.

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From workflows to office culture and beyond. We talk directly to your team to understand their work process. This enables us to sketch out bespoke programs that lean into the research of how humans learn—and emulate how your team, creates.

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Program Design

We co-design with you: dynamic learning programs that give you a preview of prospective candidates’ abilities. Our programs provide hands-on training to mirror real work life. They can be in-person or remote experiences. Days or weeks long. You choose.

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We’re your thought leaders. We translate a job seeker’s unconventional training and make their value plain. Show their skills in the context of your company’s needs. Level up their presentation chops. Make their relevance to your team a no-brainer.

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Part of our mission is to build transformative relationships between tech companies and job seekers from under-tapped, culturally-rich communities. In doing so, we help you forge meaningful career paths for more diverse talent. And help those individuals develop skills they can use forever in the ever-changing tech game.

Meet The Team

It began with hope in unleashing the potential in others.

At Next Shift Learning, our team is passionate about creating new opportunities for others, and the intentional design of products, experiences, companies, cultures and communities.

Get to know our founding team.

Sergio Rosas


Sergio Rosas is passionate about creating access to careers that transform lives, and lead to more inclusively designed teams, companies, products and experiences. His belief in connecting others to game-changing opportunities comes from his lived experience as a Latino, low-income and first-generation immigrant turned innovation designer and social entrepreneur.

A double-graduate of Stanford University, Sergio holds a BA in Political Science, with Comparative Studies in Race and Ethnicity, as well as a Master’s degree in Learning Science, Design and Technology. Sergio sources from his consulting background, and his experience partnering with Fortune 500 companies and workforce development organizations. Through his work, he has built equity-centered upskilling programs that tech companies use to connect talent from communities of color to tech careers that impact their worlds. 

In Sergio’s free time, he enjoys hiking, catching new TV shows, finding the perfect burger, and spending time with family and friends around a meal experience.

Sergio Rosas



Tina Hossain


Tina Hossain opens pathways of opportunity for others by creating a clear plan forward and building products and processes to meet their needs. Tina designs and drives client solutions strategy — determining how to build, test and scale a product, and how to develop world-class teams and inclusive cultures.

Tina draws upon her experience as a first-generation college student and white-collar professional. Her lived perspective, paired with ten-plus years of legislative, management consulting, and business strategy experience in Fortune 10 companies, informs her work as COO, and shapes her understanding of how to help others translate their skills into previously unforeseen opportunities. Tina holds a BA in Government and International Affairs from Claremont McKenna College, and an MBA in Management & Strategy and Finance from Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management. 

In her free time, Tina enjoys the Southern California sunshine with her husband, one-year old son, and their teenie Morkie on hikes or days at the beach.

Lara Heisser


Lara Heisser is an educator with ten years of experience designing learning environments that honor the social, cultural, and emotional needs of scholars. A former mathematics teacher, Lara brings her knowledge of learning science, program design, and her passion for focusing on the needs of the learner, to the Next Shift Learning team as the Learning Experience Manager.

A graduate of Loyola Marymount University focusing Psychology with a Master’s in Education from University of the Pacific Benerd College, Lara uses her experience as an educator to build and implement programs that empower young people to cultivate their talent and to be future changemakers. 

Outside of work, Lara is a big fan of experiencing new cultures through food and travel, as well as coffee, live concerts, the Golden State Warriors, and spending time with her family.

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The Collaborators

Next Shift Learning is a workforce learning studio of 24 collaborators (and growing).

Subject matter experts, recruiters, talent development coaches, curriculum developers, instructional designers, and learning experience managers from world-class academic institutions and organizations. All of our collaborators bring intersections of identity to our work — our team is composed of women, people of color, members of the LGBTQIA+ community, first-generation graduates — providing an inclusive perspective and approach to everything we do.

Get to know a few of our collaborators.

Sergio Rosas

Re-imagining learner-centered experiences for clients. Founding Director of the Los Angeles Tech Talent Pipeline. Former Program Lead at the Kapor Center and Senior Business Consultant at People Rocket.

Lara Heisser

Operationalizing high-quality learning year round. Former High School Mathematics Teacher and Americorps Team Leader at City Year.

Mische Kang

Executive Director at the Mamelodi Initiative, a youth empowerment nonprofit based in South Africa. Recipient of the Kathryn W. Davis Projects for Peace grant.

Tina Hossain

Focusing on future growth and productization. Formerly the Senior Director of Strategy and Operations at Optum, and a Senior Consultant at Kaiser Permanente and Oliver Wyman.

Jenny Han

Curriculum Developer for Transformative Learning Technologies Lab. Research assistant at Stanford University. Fulbright Scholarship recipient.

Sebastian De Vivo (PHD)

Co-founder of List Ventures, a research-based SaaS firm focused on AI-driven inclusive access to capital. Workforce development entrepreneur. Former consultant for the Los Angeles mayor’s office.

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