Gabriel Lucas


At his core, Gabe is a dedicated project manager who cares deeply about process and results.  For Gabe, every need to hire is an opportunity to strategize, plan, pivot, and finally execute.  Gabe has been evaluating and hiring talent for decades in countless arenas and modalities: for-profit and nonprofit, governance and operational, full-time and interim, among many others.  Gabe is the co-founder of ATLIS, the Association of Technology Leaders in Independent Schools, which is a professional association to help identify and support both emerging and experienced leaders.

Gabe graduated from Stanford University with a Bachelor’s degree in Mathematical and Computational Science, UC Berkeley with a Master's degree in Information Management and Systems, and San Francisco State with a Master's degree in Mathematics. He lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with his wife and three wonderful children.

12M Recruiting is the parent company of Ed Tech Recruiting, which for years has worked with clients all over the world to design and recruit for unique positions in the complex areas of technology and innovation.

12M Recruiting and Ed Tech Recruiting utilize the same robust methodology and deliver the same proven results.

Meet the Team

Micaela Andres

Senior Associate
Micaela has worked at the company since 2018 and supports each phase of the search process, from assessment through the final round. She also represents the firm at job fairs and conferences, connecting with employers and job seekers throughout the country. Micaela has a degree in business administration with a concentration in information systems management from San Jose State University. Outside the workday, Micaela loves to explore different restaurants throughout the Bay Area with her boyfriend, play with her dog, and spend quality time with her family.

Marissa Premenko

Administrative Assistant and Project Support Specialist
Marissa graduated from San Francisco State University with a degree in Child Adolescence Development: Concentration in School Age Child and Family. She previously worked at a local library as a library assistant, where she supported the makerspace and children’s departments. There Marissa designed programs aimed at getting more kids interested in technology. In her free time she likes to read, play escape rooms, and have game nights with friends. She also loves to take trips to Disneyland and spend time with family.

Leyla Arabian

Communications and Project Specialist
Leyla Arabian is a passionate writer and communications expert. She graduated from San Diego State University with her Bachelor’s degree in Communications and has been part of the 12M Recruiting team since 2021. Leyla enjoys getting to know each client and creating meaningful marketing content.  Leyla’s work helps to catalyze a diverse, highly qualified, and mission-aligned pool of applicants, from which an exceptional candidate is ultimately hired after an intense process of candidate evaluation. She also plays an integral part in building 12M’s social media presence, as well as developing and curating articles and insights that are shared with industry professionals. In her free time, Leyla loves to exercise, watch Real Housewives, and explore new restaurants throughout the Bay Area.

Jessica Chung

Recruiting Specialist
Jessica is an experienced recruiter who has helped clients revamp hiring processes and develop robust talent acquisition programs. Her background includes developing public-private partnerships in the New York City metropolitan area, as well as innovation consulting throughout the United States.

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