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Steven J. Yamada

Steve Yamada is a seasoned consultant based in Witt/Kieffer’s Emeryville, CA office. He brings two decades of diverse executive search experience to his assignments. Well-respected for his consultative approach to recruiting, Steve conducts senior management searches for hospitals and health systems, health plans, medical groups/medical foundations, universities and various not-for-profits including foundations and community-based organizations.

He has special expertise in the identification, recruitment and selection of board members for not-for-profit organizations. Steve is known for helping clients meet their leadership goals by developing innovative and diverse candidate slates that focus on organizational and cultural fit. Clients who seek an objective evaluation of executive talent and high-quality service value the depth of Steve’s search experience and consulting skills.

Prior to joining Witt/Kieffer, Steve founded his own executive search firm, Yamada & Associates, where he assisted healthcare and not-for-profit clients in recruiting senior management. Previously, he was with a large international firm for 14 years in their San Francisco office. As a principal, Steve performed senior-level searches in all functional disciplines in the professional services, utility, high technology, industrial, as well as healthcare, education, trade association and government sectors. Steve also served as a member of the Technology Officers (CIO/CTO) Center of Expertise.

Preceding his career in executive recruiting, Steve was a healthcare management consultant at Coopers & Lybrand in Los Angeles. He also has worked in the not-for-profit and government sectors.

M.B.A., University of California, Los Angeles, CA
Masters in City and Regional Planning, University of California, Berkeley, CA
B.A., Sociology, cum laude, Dartmouth College, Hanover, NH


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Steven J. Yamada
1900 Powell Street
Suite 840
Emeryville, CA 94608
Phone: 510-740-1839
Fax: 510-420-0363
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