What We’re All About

Based in San Francisco, Hernstat & Co. is an executive search firm specialized in building dynamic, results-driven teams at top companies across the United States.

Our Ethos

Setting you apart is what sets us apart.

Building Relationships

Recruiting is about more than just matching talent.
Its about consulting with our clients, and matching people. At Hernstat & Company, we know people and work with you. With our network and your needs, we build relationships, lasting ones.

Adding Value

We believe job placement is only part of the equation.
Personal relationships are equally important. We know our clients well, and we have a clear sense about their needs and the job market to strategically guide them toward where and who they need for each next step.
We help you begin your search a step ahead with our knowledge base and sharp understanding of the dynamic job market and competition. We make the search process more efficient with our large network and key relationships. Our innovative and collaborative team ensures long-lasting partnerships to take you where you want to go in the long term. Well then work with you on the rest to achieve your business and industry goals.
The industry and position levels for which we recruit depend entirely on the needs of the client. Our client roster ranges from emerging companies to well-known brands across a broad spectrum of industries.


Through our years of industry experience and expertise, we have developed a step-by-step process that streamlines your search, resulting in efficiency, satisfaction, and success — tangible results for you.


We learn about the company — background, culture, mission, values — in order to identify and define key business goals.


We formalize a search strategy and implement it through research, candidate profiling, and network outreach.


We develop a candidate profile by conducting interviews, analyzing marketplace feedback, and assessing candidate viability.


We check references, negotiate offer strategy and compensation, always completing the process efficiently.

Team Spirit

We don’t just build relationships, we help build business.

We’ll strategically help you define your search and your next business move. Hernstat & Company is a consultancy specializing in the placement of candidates in various levels of positions with clients in diverse industries. We are a relationship broker who also helps to identify and source qualified, and suitable, candidates on behalf of you or your clients. The search is yours to own, we are just part of the process. We are a universal network with an individual approach.

Jill Hernstat

Jill Hernstat, founder of Hernstat & Company, is a well-rounded executive search professional known throughout the industry for her knowledge and is equipped with an unparalleled network. Solid as they come, Jill brings an east-meets-south & west attitude and personality to every project and client relationship. She adds true value, consistently facilitating clients’ business goals with her strategic and creative approach. She is dedicated to understanding her clients’ needs both on the basis of culture and experience. Combined with a seasoned perspective of the marketplace and distinguished advising capabilities, you can count on Jill for delivery, trust, and lasting results. Jill has more than 15 years of experience as an executive recruiter on a global scale, having held various positions in-house at Charles Schwab, Commerce One, and Ziff Davis. She has a B.A. from Southern Methodist University.


Michele Brusseau

Michele Brusseau has extensive experience in human resources and recruiting, with past employment in both legal and public relations fields. She enjoys meeting and discussing career growth with potential candidates and has a talent for placing them with the appropriate employers, sustaining the philosophy of Hernstat & Company. Michele has worked as both as an in-house and outside recruiter, and understands the importance of making the best possible connection between employer and potential employee. Michele has a B.A. and M.F.A. from Saint Mary’s College of California.


Don’t take our word for it.

  • Jill is a resourceful executive recruiter with a deep network of contacts that serves her prestigious portfolio of technology, financial, consumer and entertainment clients very well. She has her finger on the pulse of what is happening in the industry and goes above and beyond to get the job done.

    Angela Nibbs, Vice President at Grayling

  • Jill is a great person to connect with and team up with for recruiting purposes. She’s good at her job – she’s responsive, insightful, knowledgeable about the industry and most importantly, enjoyable to work with.

    Shanna Hendricks, Communications Manager at Tesla Motors

  • There is not enough room on this page for me to list all the wonderful things I have to say about my experience working with Jill. She truly is a phenomenal human being and a consummate professional. From the first time we spoke I knew without a doubt I was in the right hands. Jill has worked tirelessly on my behalf investigating all aspects of my candidacy in order to help me present myself in the best possible fashion.

    Lance Kleinsmith, Regional Account Manager at Axcient

  • Jill is a very diligent recruiter and one of the best PR and marketing recruiting specialists I worked within the Silicon Valley. She works closely with her clients to understand their staffing needs and sources top notch talent that matches the job descriptions without a lot of back and forth. She also works well with the candidates to set their expectations right and prepare them for the interview.it was a pleasure working with Jill and we continue to work with her to fill in new positions at Qualys.

    Amer Deeba, Chief Marketing Officer at Qualys

  • Jill has an exceptional ability to quickly, yet comprehensively, understand client and position needs, which allows her to achieve results in any industry. Through the years, Jill has conducted successful searches for me, successfully identifying top tier talent in communications, public relations, design and business development within organizations that ranged from start-up to hi tech to consumer packaging.Jill understands that her reputation is built on the success of the introductions she makes. Because of the emphasis on long-term relationships for companies and employees, she knows the power of the critical “match” between the two. Jill leverages her network to identify only the most relevant introductions, making her ratio of candidates presented to actual hires to be the best I have seen. Her communication is direct, both with companies and candidates and her pursuit of results is relentless.

    Sheldon Lamphier, Vice President of Human Resources at Tunein

  • Jill is unique in many ways. She takes the time to understand the requirements of the job and then delivers quality candidates. Beyond doing her job exceptionally well, Jill has the highest level of integrity – working tiredlessly to do what is best for both the candidate and the company! I will definitely work with Jill in all of my hiring needs!

    Katherine Lee, Vice President of Marketing at Juniper Networks

  • Jill is not only a superb recruiter, she brings a unique perspective and skill set to her clients. Her background in business development and strategic partnerships means Jill understands the fundamentals of business — from marketing to operations to customer relationships. She understands needs quickly, communicates effectively and partners to get things done efficiently. I look forward to working with Jill again in the future, and I’d happily recommend her to anyone.

    Andrew McCarthy, Vice President of Communications at Plex Systems

  • Jill truly is “The Networker”. She should have her own world wide web where everyone’s web address ends with “.Jill”! Contact Jill if you’d like to start at the top of the ladder and climb your way down.

    Ray Blindauer – Mortgage Loan Originator at HomeBridge Financial Services

Wanna Talk?

Need a new role or looking for new talent? Drop us a line!

415.673.7320           jill@hernstat.com

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