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AAPI Month Bios - Tina Buss

Tina Buss

Vice President, People Operations


Time at the Commanders: 3+ years

Ethnic background: Filipino American

Please share your career background and how you landed in your current role with the Washington Commanders.

I've worked in HR for over 20 years and I am very thankful for the leaders who have provided opportunities for me to develop in my career. Prior to entering the sports industry, I was fortunate to work for a company with several business entities and international affiliates that offered unique career opportunities, including special projects overseas and my roles within two sports leagues have each offered once in a life time professional experiences.

What's a work-related accomplishment in the past year that you're really proud of?

I'm proud to be a part of the team through such an eventful year and transformation!

Are there any cultural traditions from your heritage that you incorporate into your work or daily life?

My family shows love through food, and I try to cook as often as possible!

Can you highlight a mentor or role model who has influenced your career journey?

Condoleezza Rice is a role model that I look up to for her accomplishments and poise. I highly recommend her MasterClass sessions.

Are there any AAPI leaders or public figures who have inspired you? If so, how have they influenced your approach to work and leadership?

An AAPI public figure I admire and find inspirational is Lea Salonga. Her journey from the Philippines to becoming an international performer is remarkable. She is not only an accomplished Broadway performer and one of the voices for Disney; she has used her platform and her voice to advocate for human rights and social and environmental causes.

What advice would you like to give to leaders who are newer in their career journeys?

Try to remember the moments in your career when someone's support of you and your work made a significant difference in your career journey and then be that someone to others as often as possible.