Rick Segal is Chairman of Rethink and Managing Partner of Rethink Education. He is also the Chairman and CEO of Seavest Investment Group. Rick currently serves on the boards of Flocabulary, Knowledge to Practice, Noodle Markets, Voxy, Civitas and Speakaboos, and previously served on a number of public and private Boards of Directors. This includes the education-related portfolio companies Wireless Generation (sold to News Corp), Schoolnet (sold to Pearson), and LearningWays (sold to Davidson Software).
Rick is deeply committed to creating better communities through his philanthropic engagements, which are primarily focused on health, education, providing opportunities for low income children and the arts. Formerly, he was Chairman of the Board of Serious Fun, an international camp-based program established by actor Paul Newman to create positive recreational experiences for children with serious illnesses.
He is also President of the A.L. Mailman Family Foundation, a charitable foundation focused on early childhood care and education. Rick is founding Chairman Emeritus of Public Color, Inc., a not-for-profit arts and education institution serving the needs of the most challenged New York City Public Schools. He was formerly Chairman of the Board of Rye Country Day School in Rye, New York. Currently, he serves on the Board of Trustees of New York Presbyterian Hospital and is a Trustee of the Whitney Museum of American Art.
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 and Rethink Impact 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. Mr. Chowdhury joined Seavest in 2013, and manages the firm’s financial and accounting operations. Mr. Chowdhury has over 13 years of experience in the real estate industry with a focus on accounting and taxation.
Prior to joining Seavest, Mr. Chowdhury 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, Mr. Chowdhury spent four years as a Senior Tax Associate at Arthur Andersen & Co.
Mr. Chowdhury received a Bachelor of Business Administration degree Cum Laude in accounting with a minor in mathematics from Bernard M. Baruch College. Mr. Chowdhury is a CPA licensed in the State of New York.
Managing Partner, Rethink Education
Matt Greenfield is Managing Partner of Rethink Education, a venture capital firm focused on educational technology. He is on the boards of Ace Learning, BrightBytes, and Hapara and serves as an advisor to University Ventures and Laureate Education. His non-profit affiliations include the leadership council of NewSchools Venture Fund and the board of Mouse.org.
Matt received his B.A., M.A., and Ph.D. in English from Yale University, where he won five academic prizes and fellowships from the Mellon and Whiting Foundations and served on the editorial board of the Yale Journal of Law and the Humanities. He taught at Bowdoin College, where he served on the committee overseeing admissions, and the City University of New York, where he served on a college curriculum committee, helped launch an interdisciplinary learning community program for first-year students, taught in the teacher preparation program, and taught graduate classes in literature to teachers from the New York City public schools.
Partner, Rethink Education
Brandon Avrutin is a Partner of Rethink Education, a venture capital firm focused on educational technology.
Brandon joined Seavest Investment Group in 2011 as an Investment Associate working on private equity and venture capital deals focused on technology investments in the education sector.
Prior to Seavest, Brandon spent three years as an Investment Banking Analyst with Lazard’s M&A and Restructuring groups. At Lazard, Brandon focused on financial institutions and worked on numerous transactions resulting from the credit crisis including the sale of Bear Stearns to JPMorgan, the liquidation of Bernard L. Madoff Investment Securities, and the U.S. Treasury’s investment in GMAC Financial Services, as well as the reverse merger of KKR Private Equity Investors with KKR & Co. Brandon received his B.A. in Philosophy and Economics from Middlebury College.
Principle, Rethink Education
Michelle Dervan is a Principal at Rethink Education, a venture capital firm focused on education technology.
Prior to joining Rethink Education, Michelle was a Director of Strategic Partnerships at Pearson Education where she focused on sourcing and structuring partnership deals with large and small tech companies. She previously held a number of education, edtech and economic development roles at Irish government agency, Enterprise Ireland. She is actively interested in education policy and workforce development initiatives. She volunteers as an Organizer of the NYEdtech Meetup, as a Mentor with YearUp and serves as a NextGen Board Member of NY Collaborates for Autism, a nonprofit that designs innovative programs to improve the lives of people living with Autism Spectrum Disorder.
Michelle has an MBA from Columbia Business School and a Bachelor’s degree in European Studies, French and Russian from Trinity College Dublin, Ireland.
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.
Executive in Residencec
Mr. Murray is currently Executive Chairman of the Board, Voxy; Chairman of Redline Speed Worx; Chairman of The Clarke Companies, and Executive Chairman of American Prison Data Systems. He is an Operating Advisor to Lightview Capital Partners.
Most recently, Murray served K12 Inc. (LRN) as President and Chief Operating Officer, where he led the company’s two largest operating divisions: Managed Public Schools – a network of 70+ virtual charter schools; and Fuel Education, which sold content, curriculum and services to traditional brick and mortar schools. Responsibilities included school operations, marketing, development, IT, sales and HR. He also served as Chairman of the Board of Middlebury Interactive Languages.
He is an accomplished executive with decades of experience working for successful public and private companies. Mr. Murray served as Chief Executive Officer of Pulsepoint, Inc., a digital media technology company formed by the merger of ContextWeb, a top-rated advertising exchange, and Datran Media. He joined ContextWeb in March of 2010 and served as the company’s CEO.
Prior to ContextWeb, Mr. Murray was chief operating officer of Dialogic Inc., overseeing the daily operations of all aspects of sales, customer service and support, engineering, marketing, manufacturing, quality initiatives, and human resources. Dialogic acquired Cantata Technologies, where Mr. Murray was CEO. Previous roles included Chief Operating Officer – Cross Match Technologies, and CEO of Riversoft Plc.
Mr. Murray began his career at AT&T and over twenty years was promoted to positions of increasing responsibilities, including in sales, marketing, operations, engineering, and product management. As President of Business Network Services, he was responsible for AT&T’s $22B B2B business for wireline and data services.
Mr. Murray received a B.S. and M.S. in Management and Industrial Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. He resides in Bridgewater NJ with his wife Debbie. He has a professional passion for improving the state of education and workforce development in the US.