Chris Reilly

Chris Reilly

Workforce Development & Education Lead


Sparks, NV USA

Be driven and self-motivated, but also have that lens of curiosity. If you’re incredibly driven and you’re constantly asking those questions, then you’re going to learn faster than others, make a difference faster, and end up doing more.


By Roadtrip Nation

Chris Reilly


My road in life took a while to figure out.
My family moved around a lot while I was growing up—being the new kid multiple times helped train me to be comfortable adapting to new environments.
Before college, I worked in retail at the Apple store, which led to a finance internship a few years later.
I got my bachelor's degree in business, knowing early on that I wanted to start my career somewhere in finance and then move into program management and development.
After graduating, I started my career as a financial analyst in a rotational program, where I'd learn a different area of Apple every three months—I was most interested in retail merchandising.
While working for Apple, I lived in China for a few years and saw the effects of pollution first-hand, which got me thinking about accelerating our transition to sustainable energy.
When I came back, I worked as a program manager, handling programs from ideation to life—the position gave me the experience and skill set needed to take on a new role in workforce development.
I’ve always been really passionate about Tesla’s mission, watching the future of transportation and energy before I even started with the company full-time.
Moving from San Francisco to northern Nevada for the role, I now work as the workforce development and education lead at Tesla, facilitating partnerships with our local educational institutions.
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Workforce Development & Education Lead

I help Tesla work with our community for a positive impact on the long-term makeup of our workforce.

Career Roadmap

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Working with Others

Day to Day

My work revolves around partnering with educational institutions to have a meaningful effect on our workforce. I support our internship program, through which we partner with universities to bring talent here for internships. I spend time getting to know what those students are doing every day to make an impact and how I can share their stories. I also work with our high school graduate apprenticeship program, which lets students start working with Tesla while still pursuing their education.

Advice for Getting Started

Here's the first step for everyone

Surround yourself with people who can motivate, advise, guide, and support you. You'll lean on that support system multiple times throughout your life, from school to career.


The Noise I Shed

From Myself:

"I need to have things charted out in order to get to where I want to be."

Challenges I Overcame

School Stress

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