Meet our staff and management team.
The Compass Consulting team has many years of experience in senior-level positions in pharmaceutical, biotech and medical products organizations. You’ll never need to explain the industry to us. We are ready to execute quickly, to help you tackle the most complex and specialized challenges.
Brett Forrest, Managing Partner
Brett Forrest is the founder and Managing Partner of Compass Consulting Group since its inception in 2008. Previously, Brett held leadership positions in the biopharmaceutical industry at Genentech and Eli Lilly performing a variety of roles in marketing, sales, training, and consulting. Brett is passionate about helping business leaders achieve their goals by providing flexible, comprehensive solutions that drive results.
Brett holds a Bachelors of Science Degree in Business from the University of Massachusetts, and a Masters in Business Administration from Pepperdine University.
Brett enjoys spending time with his wife and children doing a variety of activities including skiing, soccer, baseball, and tennis.
Lisette Cruz, Sr. Director of Client Relations & Recruiting
Lisette Cruz is an enthusiastic business developer and recruiter, holding more than 10 years of experience working with various companies here in the Bay Area. Initially beginning her early career exploring the sciences, she graduated from UC Davis with a Bachelor’s of Science in Environmental Biology. But as her interests expanded to the commercial side of the industry, she began focusing her efforts on building businesses. During this time, Lisette grew her own business–providing marketing, sales, and business development support for Bay Area businesses including local Pharma companies. With her experience in account development, ranging from success in establishing new accounts and resuscitating inactive accounts, Lisette has always found success through her sincere desire to help a business grow.
Joining Compass Consulting Group has been an exciting venture for Lisette. She enjoys identifying and meeting critical needs between candidates and clients, and feels rewarded when she can help each attain their goals. By acutely assessing the needs of both, and finding the intersection between the two, she is able to forge new partnerships by utilizing tandem networks and resources. With great interpersonal skills and the ability to genuinely care about the growth and well-being of individuals and companies, she looks forward to establishing long-lasting, successful partnerships between current and future connections.
Desiree Inouye, Director of Operations
Desiree Inouye is an experienced Business Management Professional with more than 12 years of experience working in various business functions including Human Resources, finance, and operations. She graduated from the University of the Pacific with a degree in Business Administration.
Prior to joining Compass Consulting, Desiree worked for top Bay Area companies such as Sandia National Laboratories and Pacific Gas & Electric. In addition to her extensive experience in data analysis and financials, Desiree is a trained and certified Green Belt in Lean Six Sigma. With her passion for process improvement, she has successfully developed and deployed several process improvement projects within her organization and as an outside consultant.
Desiree joins the Compass Consulting Group as the Operations Manager. Her management experience focuses on improving efficiency while still providing great customer service. With her expertise in analytics and strategic planning, she will also collaborate with Human Resources and Marketing to meet overall business objectives.
Justin Truskey, Associate Director of Recruiting
Justin Truskey has over three years’ experience in the recruiting field and two years in management. At Compass Consulting Group, Justin is the Sr. Manager of Account and Recruiting with the task of recruiting, screening and interviewing candidates.
He was born in Newport Beach, California and grew up in Walnut Creek, California. In 2006 he moved to Shanghai, China for university and work. While in China, Justin entered the education industry, eventually becoming the manager of the largest office of Berlitz in Beijing, China.
Justin completed his Bachelor of Arts at San Francisco State University, majoring in International Relations. He then moved to China to pursue his studies at Concordia University Irvine where he received his Master of Arts in International Studies with an emphasis in business.
His passions are sports and you can find him playing golf and tennis on the weekend. He also enjoys hiking the surrounding foothills and mountains.
Jessie Thomas, HR Manager
Jessie Thomas brings over 15 years of experience in all aspects of HR. Her broad experience includes benefits, employee relations, payroll, accounting, event management, and office management. Jessie graduated from California State University at Chico with a BS degree. Shortly after, she was fortunate enough to reside in Maui where she discovered her passion for event management. She was able to use her skills to run events such as The Mercedes Championship for the PGA tour and the men’s professional tennis event in San Jose, the SAP Open. Jessie started her HR career while working for an Embroidery and Screen Printing Company and found her niche.
Jessie’s focus at Compass Consulting Group is to care for and address the needs of our staff. Her skills are a great match for our rapid growth. She provides the time, attention, and support that each individual deserves in the onboarding process. With over a hundred employees, Jessie still continues to meet the needs of our team across the country.
Jessie’s passion is her family. She enjoys spending time with her husband and two children.