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Kurt De Stigter



Kurt De Stigter provides expert human resources advice emphasizing scientific principles to address legal compliance and organizational effectiveness issues. He is a certified Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR). He has over 25 years of experience working with clients in evaluating and resolving HR challenges, as well as creating effective HR practices for future operations.

Dr. De Stigter has advised clients with legal issues including wage and hour compliance concerns such as employee classification (exempt versus non-exempt) and off-the-clock work. He has significant experience with discipline and discharge practices and standards, as well as with performance management, including with employees represented by a union. Dr. De Stigter has a strong background navigating complex employment-related legal and regulatory requirements, including unlawful harassment, discrimination, leave of absence, and Equal Employment Opportunity issues.


University of California, Berkeley
Ph.D., Industrial/Organization Psychology, 1989

Michigan State University
M.A., College Student Personnel Administration, 1977

Calvin College
B.A., Psychology, 1975

Employment History

AC Transit
Chief Human Resources officer
2005 - 2014
Director of Human Resources
2000 - 2005

New United Motor Manufacturing, Inc.
Manager, Training and Development
1999 - 2000
Manager, Team Member Relations
1996 - 1999
Various positions
1984 - 1996



Best Technical Coop Program, California Cooperative Education Association, 1995

Community Commitment Award, NAACP, 1997

Selected as a participant in Toyota’s first President’s Leadership Institute, 1999

Chair of the North America Toyota Quality Circle Forum, 2000

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Seminars & Speaking Engagements


Professional Affiliations

Society for Human Resources Management

Northern California Human Resources Association

American Psychological Association

Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology


Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) - HR Certification Institution

SHRM Senior Certified Professional (SHRM-SCP) - Society for Human Resources Management