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Asha Bhatia

Payroll and Benefits Associate

Asha joined the Foundation in November 2017 as a Payroll and Benefits Associate. Prior to Irvine, Asha worked at the Oakland Housing Authority as an HR Generalist, a role she held from 1999 to 2017. As HR Generalist she was the “face” of the Human Resources Department, processing benefits, open enrollments, answering policy-related questions, and creating new policies through Administration Bulletins. She is proud to say that she knew the names of all 358 employees at the Oakland Housing Authority.

Before joining Irvine, Asha took a short break to travel to India with her newly-married son and daughter-in-law to meet with all the family members in India.

Asha was born in East Africa, attended boarding school in India from Kindergarten to 6th grade, and moved to England at the age of 11, where she completed middle and high school. She trained as a Medical Assistant and worked at St. Thomas’ Hospital in Southwest London for five years. She met her husband, Mike, while on vacation to the United States and married in 1986. She considers California home.

Asha loves to walk and hike, and recommends ‘Everest by the Bay’ for those who have the chance to climb the nine peaks around the Bay Area. She also enjoys knitting and going on YouTube to learn new things.