Richard D. Segal is Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Seavest Investment Group where he is the Chairman of Seavest Healthcare Properties, is a Managing Partner of Rethink Education and sits on the Rethink Impact Investment Committee.
Mr. Segal has a long history of investing in real estate and venture capital investments. Prior to founding Seavest in 1982, Mr. Segal was a partner at Cramer Rosenthal McGlynn where he managed the firm’s private investments. He has served on the boards of many public and private companies including Hudson General Inc. (acquired by Lufthansa, SchoolNet (acquired by Pearson), Wireless Generation (acquired by Newscorp), and Hyponex Inc. (sold to Scotts Miracle-Gro Co.).
Today, Mr. Segal serves on the Board of Trustees of New York Presbyterian Hospital where he is a member of the Real Estate and Major Facilities Committees, and also serves on the Steering Committee of the hospital’s Millstein Heart Center. Mr. Segal also serves on the boards of various education technology companies including Advanced Prison Data Systems, Flocabulary, Knowledge to Practice, Noodle Markets, Voxy, Civitas and Speakaboos.
Mr. Segal 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.
Mr. Segal is a Trustee of the Whitney Museum of Art in New York City, where he serves as Treasurer. He also sits on the Board of New York Academy of Art, serving as Treasurer and Chair of the Finance Committee. He received a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from Wesleyan University.
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.
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 Allovue, BrightBytes, CareAcademy, Kenzie Academy, and NoRedInk. His non-profit affiliations include the boards of Southern New Hampshire University and 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
Michelle Dervan is a Partner 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.
Principal, Rethink Education
Ebony is a Principal at Rethink Education, a venture capital firm focused on education technology. Most recently, she was the Director of US Ventures at Village Capital, where she was responsible for finding and supporting US start-ups for the fund’s five sectors. Prior to this, Ebony was Education Director for the Social Venture Fund. Previously, Ebony spent time in her hometown of Detroit, managing charter schools at New Urban Learning and began her career as an Account Strategist at Google. Ebony holds an MBA from the University of Michigan’s Ross School of Business and a B.B.A in Finance from Howard University.
Partner & Chief Marketing Officer
Kate Castle is a Partner and the Chief Marketing Officer for Rethink VC and Seavest Investment Group where she oversees marketing, communications and investor relations across all of the firm’s impact and real estate funds.
Most recently, Kate was Marketing Partner at Flybridge Capital Partners, a seed and early-stage venture capital firm and Co-founder and Operating Partner at XFactor Ventures, a Flybridge community fund focused on investing in female founders. Prior to that, Kate served in marketing and public relations roles at Battery Ventures, Cisco Systems, Sangate Systems and Porter Novelli. She started her career as an educator in the United States Peace Corps teaching English as a Second language at a high school in Gabon, Africa.
Kate is an active community member, serving as a Pod Leader for the Parity Partners P3 program, a mentor to entrepreneurs participating in the TechStars Boston program, a mentor to high school students participating in the Boston BUILD program and a mentor to female founders in the Boston entrepreneur community. She also spends times volunteering each week with her dog Ripley in the Somerville, MA public school system helping children learn to read and providing emotional support. Kate previously sat on the board of the MIT Enterprise Forum of Cambridge.
Kate holds a BA in Anthropology from Wheaton College in Norton, MA where she graduated cum laude and was a Wheaton Fellow.
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.
Venture Partner, ReThink Education
Brandon Avrutin is a Venture Partner at Rethink Education. Brandon joined the team in 2012 as a Vice President and was later promoted to Partner. Prior to joining the Rethink Education team, Brandon was an Investment Associate at Seavest Investment Group where he was 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.