KIMBERLY JONES, PHR, PMP, CIR
Senior Director, Enterprise Talent Strategy - UC Irvine
Kimberly is the Chief Executive Officer of Kelton Legend, a multidimensional Talent Acquisition Consulting organization.
Previously she was the Talent Acquisition Leader at NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL). She led JPL’s recruiting team in the continuous recruitment of talent, from early career to senior level positions, in the areas of engineering, science, and business operations.
Prior to joining JPL she enjoyed a wealth of experiences at Northrop Grumman Aerospace Systems, GE Aviation, Raytheon, Honda, and Nationwide. Her 20+ years of experience have allowed her to learn and thrive in a variety of industries and corporate environments. She’s been fortunate to lead and be a member of recruiting teams that sought to recruit the best and brightest engineering talent. One of her most rewarding and challenging assignments occurred while working at Raytheon as the Recruiting and Diversity Manager for Raytheon Polar Services. The Polar Services team, assigned to the primary contract for National Science Foundation, staffed all program positions at the headquarters location in Denver, CO along with contractors deployed to Antarctica: Palmer Station, McMurdo Station, and South Pole. Kimberly successfully completed a 6 week deployment to Antarctica including time spent at South Pole. While at Nationwide she was responsible for managing internship programs for United Negro College Fund, INROADS, Hispanic Scholarship Fund, and the Tom Joyner Foundation.
Kimberly is a graduate of Wilberforce University, having received a Bachelor of Science degree in Organizational Management. She has obtained designations in Six Sigma, SHRM PHR, Certified Project Manager, and Certified Internet Recruiter. She is actively involved in the talent acquisition community and is a member of the Orange County Talent Acquisition Leadership Forum and the Los Angeles HR Advisory Board for the Veteran’s Hiring Initiative.