Michael Kim is the founder and Managing Partner of Cendana Capital, a next generation fund-of-funds investing in private equity. Michael is a member of the LP Advisory Boards of Accelerator Ventures, Bowery Capital, Collaborative Fund, Engineering Capital, Forerunner Ventures, Founder Collective, Freestyle Capital, IA Ventures, K9 Ventures, Lerer Hippeau Ventures, MHS Capital, Mucker Capital, PivotNorth Capital and SoftTech VC. Prior to the founding of Cendana Capital, Michael was one of the original partners of Rustic Canyon Partners, a venture capital firm with approximately $1 billion under management. Michael currently serves as a Senior Advisor to Rustic Canyon.
In March 2004, Michael was appointed by the Mayor of San Francisco to a 5 year term as a Trustee of the San Francisco Employee Retirement System, a $15 billion pension fund, and served as the President of the board and the Chairman of the Investment Committee.
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. Prior to Morgan Stanley, Michael was an associate at The Chase Manhattan Bank in NYC and also worked at IBM.
He is an honors graduate of Cornell University, where he served on the Cornell Council, has an MS from the School of Foreign Service of Georgetown University, where he serves on the MSFS Advisory Board, and an MBA from the Wharton School of Business.
Michael formerly served on the boards of Lead21, an organization that enables entrepreneurs to advocate free market public policy, and 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 former Trustee of the Asian Art Museum Foundation, where he served on the Investment Committee, and the former Chairman of the Advisory Board of the Symphonix League of the San Francisco Symphony.