Krysta Copeland serves as a Managing Director and Associate General Counsel at The Rockefeller Foundation, which she joined in early 2019.
Ms. Copeland is the lead lawyer for the Foundation’s Innovative Finance team, and in this capacity, she facilitates the Foundation’s charitable impact through advising on and structuring all program-related investments, including debt and equity, and onshore and cross-border transactions. Additionally, she is the lead lawyer for Rockefeller Foundation Impact Investment Management, the Foundation’s fund formation and investment advisory arm. Ms. Copeland strengthens the Foundation’s work in energy, food, health, equity & economic opportunity, and climate & resilience by collaborating with staff to implement other innovative investment tools, including recoverable grants, convertible grants and guarantees. She also actively supports the Foundation’s endowment office and serves as secretary of the Investment Committee and PRI Committee.
Prior to joining The Rockefeller Foundation, Ms. Copeland spent nine years as a corporate attorney at Latham & Watkins LLP, being based in their London and Washington, DC offices. As a member of the firm’s Investment Funds group, she represented private equity and venture capital funds, as well as institutional investors, leading every legal aspect of fund formation, fundraising, governance and securities compliance matters. As a member of the firm’s Capital Markets group, she represented issuers, sponsors and investment banks in international debt and equity securities offerings.
Ms. Copeland is admitted to practice in New York State and the District of Columbia, and she is a member of the National Bar Association and American Bar Association. Ms. Copeland earned her J.D. from the Howard University School of Law and her B.A. in Political Science and Africana Studies from the University of Pennsylvania.