Kaela M. Colwell

Associate | San Francisco

kcolwell@mofo.com | (415) 268-7611

(415) 268-7611

Kaela Colwell is a corporate associate in Morrison & Foerster’s San Francisco office and a member of the firm’s Social Enterprise and Impact Investing Group.

Kaela’s practice focuses on the formation and operation of social impact funds, including private equity, venture capital, and debt funds dedicated to investments in the sustainable food and agriculture, renewable energy, clean technology, education, and healthcare sectors, among others. She also represents university endowments, development finance institutions, family offices, and other for-profit and nonprofit clients in connection with their investments in private funds.

In addition, Kaela counsels social enterprises on a diverse range of transactional matters, including formation and governance issues, restructurings, and joint ventures.

Kaela earned her B.S. in Environmental Economics and Policy and a minor in Public Policy from the University of California, Berkeley in 2012, where she co-chaired the Chancellor’s Advisory Committee on Sustainability. She earned her J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center in 2016, where she was a member of the Social Enterprise and Nonprofit Law Clinic and served as an executive editor of the Georgetown Environmental Law Review. Kaela is a recipient of the Departmental Citation for Outstanding Undergraduate Accomplishment and the CALI Award for Excellent Achievement in the Study of Governance of Nonprofit Organizations.

Prior to joining Morrison & Foerster, Kaela was a corporate associate at another international law firm where she focused on fund formation matters, including small business investment company licensures and regulatory compliance. Kaela is a founding member of the Berkeley Student Food Collective and currently serves as a member of the Impact Investing Legal Working Group.

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