Colette B. Foster

Staff Attorney
Colette Foster

Colette Foster manages the legal needs of nonprofit organizations. Prior to joining Venable, Colette advised clients as a corporate associate at several Am Law 100 firms and a global life insurance company. She advised the U.S. retail advisor business group on distribution-related legal issues, including Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) and insurance regulatory requirements affecting its nationwide financial sales force. She also drafted and negotiated commercial contracts, including distribution agreements, selling agreements, non-disclosure agreements (NDAs), and succession planning and business continuity planning contracts for financial services professionals.

In the nonprofit sector, Colette served as special assistant to the chief executive officer of Harlem Hospital Center and as its interim public relations director. There, she collaborated with various departments across the institution to implement special projects and managed media relations and high-profile visits to the hospital.

In her role as a deputy director of a federally funded infant mortality reduction initiative in New York City, she oversaw the distribution of over $39 million in grant funding to community-based organizations that provided health and social services to low-income communities.

Colette has also served on the boards of a large social services agency in New York City and a federally qualified health center in the Bronx.

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  • J.D. magna cum laude New York Law School 2001
    • Notes and comments editor, New York Law School Law Review
    • Recipient, Joseph Solomon Award for Excellent Character and Fitness, 2001
  • M.P.H. Health Policy and Management Columbia University, Mailman School of Public Health 1989
  • B.A. Psychology cum laude Hollins University 1985

Bar Admissions

  • District of Columbia
  • New York
  • Maryland
  • Connecticut

Professional Memberships and Activities

  • Member, Maryland State Bar Association