Origami Capital Promotes Julie Klaff To Partner

By Amit Chowdhry ● November 27, 2019
  • Private equity firm Origami Capital Partners announced it promoted Julie (Ruderman) Klaff to partner

Private equity firm Origami Capital Partners announced it has promoted Julie (Ruderman) Klaff to partner. With over $800 million in assets, Origami Capital is known for investing in complex special situations across asset classes.

And with Klaff’s promotion, Origami now counts itself among a limited group of private equity firms where women control 40% of the Investment Committee and greater than 30% of the ownership of the company.

“Origami works hard to encourage diversity and empower its team to take on responsibility. Precisely because we evaluate varied investment opportunities, we strive to recruit and retain a team who possess varied work, life and cultural experiences. Those differentiated experiences form the necessary ingredients to tackle complex investment opportunities and create value for our investors,” said Joelle Kellam, CFO and CCO at Origami Capital Partners LLC.

Klaff originally joined Origami Capital over five years ago from Sidley, Austin, LLP. And earlier this year, Origami asked her to join the firm as a partner. Along with her role on the Investment Committee, Klaff focuses on deal sourcing, complex transaction execution, and strategic policy for the firm.

While working at Sidley, Klaff focused on advising private alternative investment funds and investment advisers. And Klaff began her career prior to law school as a real estate analyst with Joseph Freed and Associates. Klaff received a BS in Human Development from Cornell University and a JD from Harvard Law School.

“I am proud to become the second female partner at Origami and excited about what we can accomplish for our investors. I chose Origami because I sensed the firm prioritized rewarding hard work and offered women flexibility to balance competing demands. I and the other partners of the firm strive daily to make diversity a priority,” added Klaff. When performance justifies promotions, Origami recognizes success. Forty percent of Origami’s investment committee now consists of women. I think this fact, alone, is a very powerful statement about the organization as we look to attract and retain talent.”

Besides Klaff, Origami Capital’s executive team includes Kellam, founder and chairman Thomas Elden, managing partner Jeffrey D. Young, partner Darren O’Brien, principal Matthew Miller, vice president Truls Porter, and vice president Maxwell Ellis.