Lexi Reese
Chief Operating Officer



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One of the top female executives in Silicon Valley, Lexi strives to empower women and other underrepresented groups at Gusto and create a vibrant and inclusive workplace culture. She also ensures that Gusto is continuously going above and beyond to serve all customers.

Lexi’s passion lies with helping small and medium business owners succeed. This interest was sparked by her early career in microfinance as a public policy advocate with ACCION International—giving loans to people living in poverty to start their own ventures. She later worked at Google for eight years, most recently serving as Vice President of Programmatic Sales and Strategy globally. Lexi also started the Cambridge AdWords team for Google's small business organization. These experiences inspired her to continue supporting small business owners, whose success positively impacts their families, communities, as well as local and national economies.

Lexi has an MBA from Harvard Business School and graduated Phi Beta Kappa with a bachelor’s degree from the University of Virginia.



  1. 1. A constant throughout Lexi’s career is her record of empowering women and other underrepresented groups. Today at Gusto more than 50 percent of its employees are women, and the company boasts some of the most progressive benefits such as being the first midsize company in the U.S. to extend health coverage of fertility treatments to LGBT employees and their same-sex partners in 2016 according to Cigna. 2. Lexi is fanatically focused on customers and continually pushes employees even those that aren’t directly employee-facing to put customers first. Despite being the COO, she is known for meeting and talking directly with customers to resolve their issues or pain points. 3. Lexi has been one of the most pivotal drivers in Gusto’s booming customer and revenue growth. She is an alumna of Harvard Business School, ACCION International, American Express and Google. She has an intimate knowledge of small and medium business owners and what they need to succeed. Under he leadership, Gusto today serves more than 60,000 small businesses, which is one percent of all employers in the U.S. 4. Lexi models the behavior she expects from others. For example, she is committed to maintaining a positive work-life balance among her team. She leaves the office at 5 p.m. every day and advises teammates to regularly reflect on their schedules and take vacations to avoid overload.

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