Kim Wilford, ‘94, serves as Chief Legal Counsel for the popular social fundraising platform GoFundMe, Inc. She is responsible for contracts, data security and privacy matters, our IP portfolio, litigation process, payments, and other risk management issues in this role. The platform, GoFundMe, has seen exponential growth in the last 11 years recording more than $15 billion raised from over 200 million donations to support personal causes and nonprofits worldwide.
Wilford was recognized as one of the top 20 general counsels in the world by the Financial Times in 2021. The honor recognizes corporate legal officers who have taken innovative approaches to a traditional role.
Wilford’s first in-house role at KLA-Tencor was a change that unlocked her passion for strategic advising and business operations. Collaborating with cross-functional teams and having the opportunity to guide risk management and overall business growth while helping the company adhere to various global regulatory requirements and industry standards fueled her drive to become a general counsel.
As WageWorks’s General Counsel, Wilford said she worked with another incredible team in a highly regulated and rapidly evolving space. For over a decade, she was a strategic business partner in developing and analyzing operational goals for their consumer-directed benefits business, planning around growth objectives, and eventually helped lead the company through its initial public offering. She also founded and led our social responsibility committee which annually drove financial and volunteer contributions for more than thirty philanthropic organizations.
While her journey has been one of extreme highs and certain transformational lows, she has always worked to make excellence a habit and to make herself proud. Her education at McGeorge School of Law provided her with the foundation needed to move through every difficulty and seize every opportunity.
“I am extremely appreciative and honored to be an Alumni of Distinction,” Wilford said.
Throughout 2024, the University of the Pacific McGeorge School of Law will celebrate members of its vast alumni network in honor of the school’s 100-year anniversary. This post is the first in a series highlighting 100 exceptional McGeorge School of Law alumni.
Stay tuned for more blog posts as we celebrate the law school’s centennial anniversary.