Tamara L. Tompkins

Tammy is the general counsel and chief administrative officer at Khosla Ventures. She brings 20 years of legal and operational experience to the firm. Previously, Tammy spent over seven years as the general counsel of Amyris, Inc. [NASDAQ: AMRS], a bio-renewables company …

Tammy is the general counsel and chief administrative officer at Khosla Ventures. She brings 20 years of legal and operational experience to the firm. Previously, Tammy spent over seven years as the general counsel of Amyris, Inc. [NASDAQ: AMRS], a bio-renewables company based in Emeryville, Calif, which was initially funded by KV. During her tenure at Amyris, Tammy managed six rounds of venture capital financing, helped establish and manage a Brazilian manufacturing subsidiary, negotiated numerous complex cross-border licensing deals, strategic collaborations and joint ventures and played a critical role in managing the company’s initial public offering. She also oversaw human resources, intellectual property and regulatory matters for the company and played a principle role on the management team as Amyris scaled to over 500 employees.

Prior to Amyris, Tammy spent 10 years in private practice — first with Shearman & Sterling, then Brobeck, Phleger & Harrison and finally, as of counsel at Morgan Lewis. Her legal practice initially focused on general corporate work, in addition to merger and acquisition transactions and eventually shifted to also include intellectual property and strategic partnering transactions. From 1999 to 2000, she left the practice of law to serve as the first executive director of the Berkeley Center for Law and Technology at the University of California, Berkeley. Earlier in her career, she worked for several United Nations agencies focusing primarily on issues affecting women and children in the developing world.

Tammy holds a bachelor’s degree in history from Middlebury College and a juris doctor degree from Georgetown University.

Tammy lives with her husband and their two children in San Mateo, Calif. In her spare time, she enjoys running, skiing, cycle, attending lots of soccer games and occasionally attempting to cook.

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