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Kelly Kay


Kelly Kay is the Executive Vice President at Toyota Research Institute (TRI), where she works directly with the CEO to execute TRI’s strategy and oversees day-to-day management of TRI's various operations and engineering teams. As TRI’s Chief Safety Officer, she overseas the functional safety program for Toyota’s autonomous vehicle testing program. Finally, she serves as Chief Financial Officer. She joined TRI in February 2017, formerly serving as the Chief Operating Officer, and expanded her role in August 2018. Kelly also serves as a Board Member of Toyota AI Ventures.  

Prior to joining TRI, Kelly built her career as a seasoned global leader with an expertise in legal and compliance, enabling various industry-leading companies including Lyft, YapStone, Wikimedia, MasterCard, eBay, and PayPal. She built out robust legal infrastructures, created engaging workplaces, and transformed traditional, highly-regulated products and services into more compliant and operationally-friendly solutions. Her key areas of focus include ride-sharing, autonomous technologies regulation, online payments, online financial services, privacy, anti-money laundering, and online auctions. Kelly has a passion for solving problems that impact the world and holds a breadth of international experience, having lived overseas in Europe and Asia for over 9 years. In 2014, Kelly ranked as one of the Top 100 Women in Technology in the Bay Area.  

During her time at Lyft, Kelly built and led the teams responsible for regulatory compliance, audit & reporting, payments & fraud, and airport operations. She also served as the Chief Operating Officer and President of Yapstone, a leading electronic payments company in the real property space, where she built out the legal, HR, IT, and infrastructure functions, eventually taking on financial reporting responsibilities and core company operations. Prior to serving as an operational leader, Kelly was an attorney for more than 19 years, holding roles as a General Counsel, Associate General Counsel & Head of Compliance, as well as a leader in public policy and government relations at companies such as MasterCard, eBay, PayPal and J.P. Morgan (previously Banc One).

Kelly attended The Ohio State University and Capital University Law School where she graduated Summa Cum Laude.