Meet the Kintsugi Team: Sabrina Sellers

April 27, 2021

Kintsugi, a fast-growing Berkeley-based mental health startup, is hiring new team members across multiple roles and all levels of experience to help shape the future of mental healthcare. 

We are a lean team of hard-working, thoughtful, and curious individuals.  The work at Kintsugi is a mixture of highly independent and collaborative, where team members are excited about problem-solving and often take initiative for project ownership.  At Kintsugi, members have an opportunity to create solutions and true impact while being a part of a team that is passionate about scaling access to mental healthcare. We are excited to welcome ambitious and talented people into our empathic community.  Today we highlight Sabrina, who is an Operations Associate with Kintsugi! 

Sabrina graduated last year from UC Berkeley with a B.A. in Sociology. While at Berkeley as a Regents’ and Chancellor’s Scholar, she maintained a 3.9 GPA, interned at the Multicultural Community Center, and was a Haas Scholar who graduated with the highest honors for her senior thesis about women in ballet and how they are working to subvert traditional gender and racial scripts. Prior to college, Sabrina was a ballet dancer on the professional track and trained full-time with the Joffrey Ballet and Alonzo King’s LINES Ballet.



About Sabrina

University: UC Berkeley Class of 2020, B.A. Sociology

Job title: Operations Associate 

Fun Fact: I am a published photographer who focuses on stories around Black joy and movement! Check out some of my work in i-D and Runner’s World

Why did you choose Kintsugi when on your job search? 

I chanced upon Kintsugi while looking for an job on Craigslist and was immediately fascinated by the company's mission to scale access to mental healthcare, its novel technology, and its very diverse team. The fact that Kintsugi is run by two women of color also appealed to me. I felt that through this opportunity I could develop a better understanding of startup culture, hone my operational skills in a professional and fast-paced environment, and have the opportunity to project manage and grow the startup team. 
Additionally, I really felt that I could learn a lot in an environment this diverse, with team members from very different cultural and educational backgrounds and with lots of room for cross-functional collaboration and learning. 

What kind of projects have you worked on in your time at Kintsugi? 

During my internship, I was actually given the opportunity to be the research coordinator for an NSF-funded research study. I worked to recruit participants and patients for the studies, strengthen protocol around reviewing data, and got to interact directly with Kintsugi users and affiliates. It felt like a big responsibility, and I was honored that the team trusted me enough to take on that role. 

Since being here, I’ve also developed original content and visuals for Kintsugi. I worked on the Kintsugi website, developing projects like a newsroom section for the website, keeping the Teams page up to date, and writing original blog content that is centered around my passions within the mental health field. I also was able to directly align my passion for visual media speaking to users and developing video testimony around their experiences with Kintsugi.

Operationally, I work closely with the Head of Operations, Max, to strengthen Kintsugi’s onboarding and HR practices, run payroll, and grow the company through recruitment of interns and full-time staff. 

How has working at a mission-aligned, diverse company like Kintsugi shaped your career path? 

I really loved the Kintsugi team, and it has been amazing to get to work with talented and smart individuals from all across the world in different disciplines. The small tight-knit team means I get to meet and work with everyone. I’ve found that this dynamic is so important to my work experiences. Additionally, working at Kintsugi has given me the key operational skills that I was hoping to gain so that I can understand the inner workings of a startup. I’ve also been able to plan projects aligned with my love for visual media, and it’s been so rewarding to bring all my passions to Kintsugi. 

What words of advice would you give to new team members at Kintsugi?

I would tell new team members to stay curious about the projects they work on and to not be afraid to propose their own projects or ideas. When I first joined, I noticed that there wasn’t a publicly accessible place for folks to witness all of Kintsugi’s wonderful achievements and publications. I proposed to Grace that we start a Newsroom on our website, so that we could collect all of our accomplishments. The team was in support, and I was able to execute the project independently and streamline our website! The nice thing about this environment is that the team is very open to you having your own ideas or projects that you want to work on, so definitely come ready to do some independent work and get creative! 

What are 3 words you would use to describe the Kintsugi culture? 

Kind, Driven, Cerebral! 

Share a favorite All-Hands/video conference moment.  

I just generally love our Monday check-ins! It’s such a nice way to start the week and hear about everyone’s weekends. 

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