VP People

Kate Surdez

Kate comes to Vaxxinity with diverse experiences in Human Resources, leading talent acquisition, succession strategy, workforce planning, performance coaching and organizational change management to enable growth of our capabilities and organizational infrastructure. Kate has held a variety of HR roles with increasing responsibilities, most recently as the Head of HR for Viela Bio, a successful biotech start-up in the Maryland area. Prior, Kate had roles supporting multiple functions within the biologics and small molecule teams at Medimmune/Astra Zeneca, and roles in training and HR Fugro and Pearson Education. Kate holds a BA in History from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington. Kate lives in Frederick, MD with her husband Steve and their 2 boys, Jack(17) and Aidan(13).