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Jay Kim

Jay Kim


Major, Lindsey & Africa

Jay Kim is a Partner with the San Francisco office. She focuses on in-house searches from small private startups to Fortune 500 companies. Jay recruits for a wide range of positions, including for General Counsels, DGC/AGCs, Chiefs of IP, Compliance, Employment, and other specialized roles. Since joining  Major, Lindsey & Africa in April of 2011, a majority of her placements have been diversity candidates.

Living in the Bay Area (since 1989), Jay has developed a particular expertise in the needs of industries intersecting with technology and life sciences — zeroing in on the right candidates from a select nationwide pool. Her dedication to engraining herself in her client’s culture and her true commitment to finding the best person for their teams results in long-term matches that thrive within even the most unique environments.

Jay’s client list includes: Agilent, Amyris*, Applied Materials, Chan Zuckerberg Initiative, CytomX*, Cytokinetics, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Institute, GlobalLogic, Novo Ventures, Portola Pharma, Red Hat, Square Inc., Uber Technologies*, University of California, Varian Medical Systems*, UNITY Biotechnology, Zendesk and Zymergen*.

Jay has also successfully partnered with our Asia office on a general counsel search for a NYSE-listed technology company in Seoul, Korea, and worked closely with Infosys headquarters in Bangalore, India, to place their general counsel in Silicon Valley.  She also recently closed a search for Novartis, located in Basel, Switzerland.

Jay has a deep passion and understanding for diversity and is regular speaker and contributor to several diversity organizations, not only sharing her experience but also providing guidance and support to members to help them find career-success and fulfillment.

Jay started her career working as a litigator for five years, including at Gordon & Rees as an associate and with the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals as a legal affairs staff attorney. After practicing law, she opened a small business and explored her creative side in music and fashion while traveling extensively. She then moved into recruiting at a major legal recruiting firm before joining Major, Lindsey & Africa.


  • University of California, Hastings College of the Law: J.D.
  • San Francisco State University: B.A., magna cum laude
    • Phi Beta Kappa

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