Managing Partner, ReThink Community
Derwin Sisnett is the Managing Partner of Rethink Community, a social impact investment vehicle that provides capital for real estate assets collectively centered on education, housing, healthcare, and the workforce. Derwin is also the founder and CEO of Maslow Development Inc., a not-for-profit real estate development company that designs and develops communities around high performing schools.
Prior to launching Rethink Community, Derwin co-founded and served as the CEO of Gestalt Community Schools (GCS), a charter management organization that develops high-performing, community-based charter schools in Memphis, Tennessee. Under his leadership, GCS grew into one of the highest-performing network of schools in Tennessee.
Derwin has held numerous board seats at healthcare, family foundation, and education-based organizations. In addition to his work at Rethink Community, Derwin serves on the Power Center CDC Board of Directors, the Crosstown Arts Board of Trustees, the Memphis Light, Gas & Water Board of Commissioners, and the Tennessee Charter School Center Board of Directors. Derwin is also a Pahara Aspen Fellow and a Broad Academy Fellow.
Managing Partner, Rethink
Michael Walden is a Managing Partner of ReThink and Chief Operating Officer of Seavest Investment Group. Through his role as COO, Michael oversees the launch, development and operations of the ReThink venture strategies and ensures the necessary connectivity between those ventures and the Seavest Investment Group back office. Since joining Seavest in 2011, he has lead the development and launch of ReThink’s four venture funds and developed the firm’s operating division Seavest Investor Services. He is a member of the Investment Committee for ReThink Education, ReThink Impact and ReThink Community and has served on the board of EverFi and Neverware.
Michael brings over 25 years of experience establishing, operating and growing businesses in a variety of industries. This includes operating positions in venture-funded growth companies in the technology and telecommunications sectors.
Prior to joining Seavest in 2011, he was a Managing Director at Potomac Media Partners, a corporate development advisory services firm where he advised technology companies on fundraising and growth strategies. Prior to Potomac, he served as Executive Vice President of Corporate Development at InPhonic, Inc. where he was responsible for strategic partnerships, financings, business development and M&A activities.
Michael began his career in Washington, D.C. serving on the legislative staff of U.S. Senator Arlen Specter. Mr. Walden received a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from the University of Richmond.
Shakawat Chowdhury is the Chief Financial Officer of Seavest Investment Group. Shak joined Seavest in 2013, and manages the firm’s financial and accounting operations. He has over 13 years of experience in the real estate industry with a focus on accounting and taxation.
Prior to joining Seavest, Shak was a Senior Tax Director in the tax group for Tishman Speyer where he had responsibility for the U.S. tax reporting function of over 1,500 legal entities globally. Prior to his tenure at Tishman, he spent four years as a Senior Tax Associate at Arthur Andersen & Co.
Shak received a Bachelor of Business Administration degree Cum Laude in accounting with a minor in mathematics from Bernard M. Baruch College. Shak is a CPA licensed in the State of New York.
Director of Investor Relations, ReThink
Erin is Director of Investor Relations for ReThink and Seavest.
Prior to joining Seavest Investment Group, Erin worked in marketing and investor relations at an established alternative investment manager where she worked closely with the Chief Marketing Officer to assist with fundraising efforts. Earlier in her career, Erin held similar positions in the alternative investment space working with a range of sophisticated institutional clients.
Erin is also a board member for Grace Outreach, a nonprofit based in South Bronx that serves low-income women seeking to enhance their academic skills and is co-Chair of the Next Gen New York group of 100 Women in Hedge Funds. Erin holds a B.S. from Ithaca College.
David Braunstein a Vice President at ReThink Community and focuses on acquisitions. Mr. Braunstein leads the evaluation of new investment opportunities. Prior to joining the team, David was an Originations Associate for Hudson Realty Capital, a New York-based real estate equity fund manager with over $1.5 billion in assets under management.
Preceding his time at Hudson Realty Capital, David held acquisition and asset management roles at Argent Ventures and DRA Advisors in New York. Prior to this experience, he served as an Analyst in Real Estate Finance with UBS and as a Senior Accountant at Ernst & Young. David holds a Bachelors of Science in Accounting from Tulane University and is currently pursuing a Masters of Science in Real Estate from New York University.
Zach Lawless is an Investment Analyst at ReThink Community. As a member of the Investment Team, Zach works with team to evaluate and diligence new investment opportunities. His main responsibilities include financial analysis, market research and underwriting. Additionally, Zach will support the asset management team as new properties as added to the portfolio.
Prior to joining ReThink Community, Zach worked for Harco Construction, a commercial developer in NYC. Zach passed the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) Level 2 Exam and holds is license as a California Real Estate Salesperson. Zach graduated from San Diego State University with BS in Mechanical Engineering and a minor in Finance.