Eva Kripalani is an experienced general counsel and business leader. She has spent over 20 years in general counsel level roles, including 10 years as General Counsel of KinderCare Learning Centers, leading the legal team through many financing and M&A transactions, including the successful sale of KinderCare by KKR in 2005. At KinderCare and the successor company, Eva also had senior executive responsibility for government relations, corporate communications, internal audit, and corporate philanthropy. Since then, Eva has served as an outside general counsel level resource and/or acting general counsel for several companies, including NW Natural Gas Company and FEI Company, and also served as COO for a company providing legal and technology services. Eva began her career at Stoel Rives LLP, a leading Northwest law firm, where she became a partner with a practice focused on corporate law and mergers and acquisitions.
Eva currently serves on the board of The Willamette Valley Company LLC, a niche manufacturing and industrials company headquartered in Eugene, Oregon, and also serves as a trustee for Willamette University, where she chairs the Audit Committee, and for The Library Foundation, where she is board chair. She has previously served on the boards of several nonprofits and the board of the Oregon Public Employees Retirement System.
Eva is the co-author of “The Generalist Counsel: How Leading General Counsel are Shaping Tomorrow’s Companies,” published by Oxford University Press in 2013, which offers guidance to lawyers making the transition to company leadership, based on research and in-depth interviews with sitting and former General Counsel.