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Michael Kim

AB '90

Cendana Capital (San Francisco)


Michael is currently a founding partner with Cendana Capital, a fund of funds investing in private equity and venture capital.

Michael Kim was previously a Northern California partner of Rustic Canyon Partners, a $900 million private equity and venture capital firm based in Santa Monica. Michael joined Rustic Canyon Partners from Accelerator Venture Partners, a San Francisco-based partnership that invests in early stage technology companies. Formerly an investment banker, Michael was with Morgan Stanley's Technology Mergers and Acquisitions Group in Menlo Park. Michael was directly involved with 27 announced transactions worth over $77 billion for such clients as Hewlett-Packard, Ciena, Seagate, Bay Networks, Netscape and Texas Instruments. Prior to Morgan Stanley, Michael was an associate at The Chase Manhattan Bank in NYC and also worked at IBM. Michael is the Chairman of Lead21, an organization that enables entrepreneurs to advocate free market public policy, and serves on the board of the Pacific Research Institute, a San Francisco-based think tank that champions freedom, opportunity, and personal responsibility for all individuals by advancing free market policy solutions. He is a Trustee of the Asian Art Museum Foundation, and the former Chairman of the Advisory Board of the Symphonix League of the San Francisco Symphony. In March 2004, Michael was appointed by the Mayor of San Francisco as a Trustee of the San Francisco Employee Retirement System, a $17 billion pension fund, where he presently serves as the President of the Board.


He is an honors graduate of Cornell University, has an MS from the School of Foreign Service of Georgetown University, and an MBA from the Wharton School of Business.

Board Affiliations

Michael is on the board of directors for the following Rustic Canyon portfolio companies: Archcom, Auxora, Azaire Networks, Capella, EM4, Insync, NanoNexus and TwoFish.