Chief of Staff Coaching

You know the nature of your Chief of Staff role is demanding and involves a great deal of discretion. Your drive, acumen, and emotional intelligence make you excellent at what you do, but you still may feel overwhelmed, isolated, and like you need your own sounding board.

Prime offers coaching specifically tailored to the Chief of Staff role. Our certified coaches are experienced in coaching Chiefs of Staff. They understand the breadth and rigors of this critical position to offer role-specific advice while also coaching you to become the leader you want to be.


  • Get an objective sounding board and accountability partner
  • Address any skills or training gaps
  • Find more balance – personally and professionally
  • Promote your own development and growth
  • Stay committed to continuous self-improvement


  • Increase resilience
  • Reduce self-pressure, tension, and stress
  • Enhance confidence, credibility, and focus
  • Heighten your professional command
  • Discover your development plan of action
  • Elevate your self-awareness


We partner with certified professional coaches to provide the highest quality coaching services to our clients. Learn more about our coaches below.



Gena is an Executive Coach, former Chief of Staff, and lawyer who inspires high-achieving professionals to step into their best selves by cultivating a growth mindset and accessing inner wisdom and strengths. After earning a BA with Honors in Psychology from Northwestern University and a JD from the University of Virginia School of Law, Gena had the privilege of working for the Obama Administration during both terms. Serving in leadership roles and as a right-hand to principals at the highest levels of government, she contributed to a variety of initiatives, from immigration reform at the Department of Homeland Security to environmental issues at the White House.


 Gena left federal service in 2017 to serve as General Counsel & Chief of Staff to the CEO of a cleantech startup, marrying her passion for the environment and entrepreneurial spirit. Appreciating the unique nature of the Chief of Staff role and value of community, Gena helped launch the Prime Chief of Staff Peer group in Los Angeles, which she co-leads today.


In 2018, while on an extended travel sabbatical, Gena enrolled in Dr. Martha Beck’s Coach Training Program. The experience illuminated that Gena has always been a coach in spirit – whether helping friends find jobs they love, encouraging team members to build upon their passions, or serving as a confidante to executives. Gena derives tremendous joy and purpose from helping clients rise to their full potential. In addition to a passion for coaching, Gena brings to her coaching practice over 15 years of experience encompassing operations; strategic planning; project management; workforce development; and communications. 



Chris Hagood partners with government, nonprofit and for-profit organizations to improve business results through analytics-based organizational strategies. Chris helps leaders discover and use analytics to re-engineer their performance management and create high-performing workplaces. As a coach, Chris takes an individualized and performance-oriented approach to guide clients toward their desired outcomes.

Previously, Chris held business development and operational management roles within the nonprofit and private sectors. His experience spans from early-stage startups to large enterprise organizations.

Chris earned his bachelor’s degree in business management with a concentration in legal studies and his master’s in business administration from Mount St. Mary’s University in Maryland. Chris has served on several boards of directors, including a professional association and nonprofits in the workforce development space.

As a Gallup-Certified Strengths Coach, Chris is an active member of the global CliftonStrengths community. He primarily works with C-suite, senior leaders, and managers.  



Katrina Lempenski is an accomplished consultant, executive coach, and leadership trainer who ignites the growth of high-performing people.  With a fifteen-year economic development and business background, she has advised leaders of cities, states, countries, and organizations such as Barclays, Goldman Sachs, Nielsen, The New York State Bar Association, Arch Re Facultative, Council of Urban Professionals, NYU Stern, plus such governments as Australia, Japan, New York City, Pennsylvania, Portugal, Texas, and Wales.

Driven by the human side of business, Katrina partners with introspective professionals who want to increase their effectiveness and performance excellence.  Her blended Economics and Positive Psychology experience forms her unique interdisciplinary approach to leadership work.  With a globally comprehensive viewpoint on development, she specializes in coaching and training authentic selling and promotional techniques.  Her advisory instills an innate skill set that enhances her clients’ capacity to seamlessly promote their institution, product, service, or self.

Katrina earned her BSBA in Business and Spanish from The College of Saint Rose and her coaching and Positive Psychology accreditations from Martha Beck International and The Flourishing Center.  She has taught at NYU’s Stern School of Business as a leadership trainer and sits on the Young Professionals Board of the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI).  A native Vermonter, Katrina resides in New York City with her family.



Trishia is the 2017-2019 President of the International Coach Federation New England (ICFNE) for which she leads a Board of Directors and a chapter of 500 ICF certified coaches. A leadership development coach and speaker, Trishia offers a customized high-touch coaching engagement to clients who are ready to take their personal and professional successes to the next level.

After thirty-five years away from her home country and eighteen years as a stay-at-home mother, Trishia fully appreciates the challenges and opportunities of multiple transitions. She also has extensive experience with special needs from successfully raising her son to adulthood. She aims to offer value in an honest and intentional coaching process. 

Trishia’s career evolved in Massachusetts where she held positions as the Chief of Staff to the President at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and the Assistant to the President at Wheaton College. She served as the Sponsorship and Acquisitions Manager for the WGBH Auction and the Associate Director of the Career Education Center at Simmons College. She brings a wealth of experience in leadership development and a deep understanding of organizational structures. 

Trishia earned her bachelor’s degree in psychology from Wheaton College in Norton, Massachusetts. She completed an Executive Education course at Harvard Business School on Authentic Leadership Development in August 2018. She is a graduate of The Partnership’s New Executive Generation Program and serves on the Board of Directors of the Philippine Transmarine Carriers (PTC) CSJ Foundation, focused on health and wellness issues, environmental protection, educational initiatives, and livelihood opportunities in the Philippines. Fluent in English and Tagalog, and conversant in Spanish and German, her practice includes clients in the US and abroad



Ted Riter’s focus on Chiefs of Staff, their relationships with their Execs, and their roles as part of larger teams, grew out of his own experience as a Chief of Staff and later senior leader – though without holding either of these formal titles.To support and empower Chiefs of Staff in their roles and relationships today, Ted created a learning system for Social and Emotional Intelligence drawn from modern scholarship and ancient wisdom.

Ted has over 25 years of experience in leadership and in being in service to others. Ted has led small and large organizations through redesigns, staff transitions, and strategic plans. He has guided countless individuals, of all ages, as they achieved their highest purposes, and supported them after plummeting to their lowest depths. He has a deeply sourced ability to meet and embrace people where they are in life and to accept them in all of their humanness.

Ted’s motto for working with clients is “I get you, and I’ve got you.”

In addition to his undergraduate degree in political economy from Tulane University and his masters and rabbinical ordination from Hebrew Union College, he has extensive formal training and experience in organizational change, mediation, leadership development, relationship building, and somatics.


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