Upon receiving her B.A. degree in psychology from the University of California at Berkeley, Ms. Dunn headed to New York City to take a position in the human resources department of the Marine Midland Bank, and later worked at Nabisco in operations research. Returning to the San Francisco Bay Area, she became a Research Associate for McKinsey & Co. Next, she moved to Deloitte (then Touche Ross) as a consultant. It was at these two prominent consulting firms that she became knowledgeable about the challenges associated with paying employees effectively, and also gained high-level strategic consulting experience. Recognizing the additional value of applied corporate experience, she then spent the next ten years in compensation management positions with Fibreboard Corporation, Boise Cascade, Bank of America, and Castle & Cooke, where she worked both domestically and internationally.
In 1980, she established CompAnalysis, a consultancy dedicated to helping employers make successful compensation decisions. In December 2010, the firm, having grown to become a leading independent San Francisco Bay Area compensation management consulting firm specializing in broad-based pay plans, was acquired by Arthur J. Gallagher & Co. (NYSE: AJG).
In addition to her management and consulting activities, Ms. Dunn is a well-known speaker and regularly leads seminars and workshops on employee compensation and related issues for a variety of audiences. She has published a number of articles and white papers, and also serves as an expert witness in connection with wage and hour litigation and other compensation matters.
She is the former President of the 5,000 + member Northern California Human Resources Association (NCHRA), one of the nations’ largest chapters of the Society for Human Resources Management (SHRM). In addition, she maintains active memberships in the Bay Area Compensation Association and WorldatWork (formerly the American Compensation Association). She was formerly a member of the Women Presidents’ Organization, the Executive Committee of the Board of Directors of the Oakland Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce, the California Alumni Association Personnel Advisory Committee, the Board of Directors of Easter Seals of the Bay Area, and a Director of the Haas Alumni Network of the School of Business at U.C. Berkeley, where she continues to serve as a guest lecturer.