Bio


Coley Andrews is the Managing Member and co-founder of Pacific Lake Partners, a firm focused exclusively on the Search Fund model. Since co-founding Pacific Lake in 2009 with Search Fund pioneer Jim Southern, Coley has worked with over 200 search funds worldwide.

Coley is responsible for leading Pacific Lake’s growth to support the firm’s mission, which is to empower entrepreneurial CEO’s with resources and capital to buy and build extraordinary businesses. Pacific Lake has a team of 24 talented individuals, including successful former search fund CEOs, working full-time to support entrepreneurs.

Coley is a current or former board member of multiple search fund companies including Morningside Translations, FieldEdge, Ethos Risk Services, Intellitriage, Flint Group, Datacor, and Circle Surrogacy. Coley also is a current or former board observer at Vector Disease Control, Raptor Technologies, and Arizona College of Nursing.

Coley is a Lecturer at Stanford Graduate School of Business where he teaches two classes focused on managing growing enterprises as a young entrepreneurial leader.

Prior to forming Pacific Lake, Coley worked for Golden Gate Capital, a private equity firm in San Francisco, and in management consulting for The Parthenon Group. Coley graduated from Dartmouth College and has an MBA from Stanford’s Graduate School of Business. Coley lives with his family outside of Boston, MA.

Academic Appointments


  • Lecturer, Graduate School of Business

Professional Education


  • BA, Dartmouth College (2003)
  • MBA, Stanford Graduate School of Business (2009)

2022-23 Courses