Rick Segal

Chairman, Rethink

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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.

Michael Walden

Managing Partner, Rethink

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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.

Jenny Abramson

Founder & Managing Partner, Rethink Impact

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Jenny Abramson is the Founder & Managing Partner of Rethink Impact. She is a proven executive and entrepreneur having held a range of leadership roles across the impact tech space–in education, personal data, and media. She has been covered in CNN, The New York Times, and The Washington Post, interviewed on Squawk Box, featured at the Code Conference, at the United Nations, and on Capitol Hill, and was named one of Washington’s 100 Top Tech Leaders in 2017, Top 40 Under 40 in 2015, and a DC Power Women in Tech in 2014.

Before leading in the venture space, Jenny served as CEO of LiveSafe, a mobile security company focused on preventing school shootings and sexual assaults. She also held significant business roles at The Washington Post, Personal (a data tech company), and The Boston Consulting Group. In the education and social sector, Jenny oversaw the Transformation Management Office for DC Public Schools Chancellor Rhee and served as the Director of Strategy & Development at Teach for America, and sits on four boards.

Beyond her entrepreneurial and executive experience, Jenny has played leadership roles in the investment realm. Most notably, beyond her current fund, she is an Advisory Board member of the Camden Partners Nexus Fund (a Venture Capital fund focused on investing in Maryland-based businesses). She also was selected to be the only Harvard MBA to serve on Harvard’s Investment Committee for Shareholder Responsibility.

Jenny received a BA and MA from Stanford, graduating with honors and Phi Beta Kappa, and an MBA with honors and the Dean’s Award from Harvard Business School. She was also a Fulbright Scholar focusing on Human Genomics at The London School of Economics.

Matt Greenfield

Managing Partner, Rethink Education

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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.

Heidi Patel

Managing Partner, Rethink Impact

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Heidi is a Managing Partner at Rethink Impact. Previously, she was President and Head of Communities Investing for New Island Capital Management, an institutional-scale and 100% mission-focused investment advisor to a single ultra high net worth family. In this capacity, she helped grow and run the firm while also focusing on early stage private equity investing in online marketplaces, sustainable food and consumer brands, alternative financial institutions, and local living economies. She sat on New Island’s Executive Team and the Investment Committee, overseeing 100+ investments, across multiple asset classes, in sustainability, conservation, education, economic development, sustainable agriculture, and green real estate.

Prior to this, Heidi was an Acumen Fund Global Fellow working with D.light Design India, a social enterprise operating in India, China, and Tanzania to eradicate kerosene through the design, manufacturing and distribution of solar-powered LED lights. Before Acumen, Heidi was a Director at Pacific Community Ventures, a double bottom-line private equity fund and non-profit organization in San Francisco, California focused on small businesses creating high quality jobs in low-income neighborhoods. Previously, she was a founding member of AOL Time Warner Ventures and worked in Investment Banking at Deutsche Morgan Grenfell and Credit Suisse First Boston.

Heidi Patel teaches (and co-created) a course on institutional impact investing at the Stanford University Graduate School of Business and she serves on the Investment Committee for the Stanford GSB Student Impact Fund. Heidi is an advisor to Impact America (another women-led impact investing firm) and board member of Goodwill Industries of San Francisco, Marin and San Mateo. Heidi’s work in social enterprise and impact investing has been featured in the Wall St Journal, NPR’s Marketplace, Fox Business News, Forbes.com, Huffington Post, Ladies Home Journal, AOL’s WalletPop, Rick Roberts Show, and the Acumen Fund blog. Heidi earned an AB from Princeton University and an MBA from the Graduate School of Business at Stanford University.

Michelle Dervan

Partner, Rethink Education

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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.

Ebony Pope

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.

Tracy Abbott

Chief Compliance Officer

Tracy Abbott is Chief Compliance Officer at Seavest Investment Group LLC, where her primary responsibilities involve developing, implementing and reviewing the compliance program, conducting on-going risk assessments, providing primary support to resolve compliance matters, and providing support to all divisions with respect to compliance issues.   Tracy’s career includes over 20 years working as a compliance professional, including as CCO for the New York State Common Retirement Fund, senior positions at prominent global investment management firms and a private wealth management firm. Ms. Abbott is a graduate of Utica College of Syracuse University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice/Economic Crime Investigation and an MBA in Economic Crime and Fraud Management. She has experience investigating identity theft, as well as other financial crimes and is a frequent speaker and trainer in the industry on compliance, risk management and forensic testing, including conducting fraud training for securities examiners from the SEC, FINRA, CBOE and NASAA at SEC headquarters in Washington, DC, and is a passionate leader on Diversity and Inclusion initiatives. Additionally, she serves on the Board of Advisors of the Economic Crime & Cybersecurity Institute at Utica College and is a former board member of the National Society of Compliance Professionals. 

Shak Chowdhury

CFO, Rethink

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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 18 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.

Kaylee Grant

Controller

Kaylee Grant is the Controller at Seavest Investment Group. Mrs. Grant joined Seavest Investment Group in 2014 and is responsible for the accounting operations and financial reporting. She has over 10 years of experience focusing on fund accounting, financial reporting and transaction accounting.

Mrs. Grant joined Seavest in 2014 from Tishman Speyer where she was a fund controller responsible for financial accounting and fair value reporting for various funds investing in commercial real estate.  Prior to her time at Tishman Speyer, Mrs. Grant spent four years as a senior auditor in the real estate service group at CohnReznick LLC.

Mrs. Grant received a dual Bachelor of Business Administration degree in Accounting and Finance from Western New England University. Mrs. Grant is a CPA licensed in the State of New York.

Philip Caggiano

Assistant Controller

Philip Caggiano is the Assistant Controller of Seavest Investment Group.  Mr. Caggiano joined Seavest in 2016 and is responsible for the accounting operations and financial reporting for various Seavest Investment Group entities.  He has over 7 years of experience in fund accounting and financial reporting. 

Prior to joining Seavest Mr. Caggiano worked as an Accountant at a publicly traded BDC and a Senior Auditor in the real estate service group at Deloitte & Touché.

Mr. Caggiano received a M.B.A and B.B.A in Accounting from Pace University. 

Anna Drenckhahn

Senior Accountant

Anna Drenckhahn is the Senior Accountant of Seavest Investment Group. Ms. Drenckhahn joined Seavest in 2019 and is responsible for the accounting operations and financial reporting for various Seavest Investment Group entities. She has over 2 years of experience in public accounting. Prior to joining Seavest, Ms. Drenckhahn worked at Ernst & Young as an Auditor in the financial services group. Ms. Drenckhahn received her B.S. in Accounting from The University of Rhode Island.

Keith Barker

VP of Real Estate Development, Rethink Community and Seavest

Keith Barker is a Vice President of Real Estate Development for Rethink Community and Seavest. Keith joined Seavest in 2019 and is responsible for managing the Real Estate Development opportunities across several platforms in the Seavest family including ReThink Community, Blueprint Local and Healthcare Properties.

Prior to joining Seavest, Keith worked at CDI., a Mid Atlantic based real estate development company that specializes in urban infill projects, repositioning of operating properties and land assemblage for development or resale.

Preceding his time at CDI, Keith held Business Development and Preconstruction roles at Clark Construction as well as sales and leadership roles in business verticals outside of the real estate sector.  Keith earned his Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Towson University and is active in several business and charity groups in the Maryland area.

Fagan Harris

Partner, Rethink Community

Fagan Harris is an entrepreneur and social scientist. He is a Partner at Rethink Community.  Fagan is also the founder and CEO of Baltimore Corps, a leading social enterprise that enlists talent to advance social innovation in Baltimore. Since its inception, Baltimore Corps has recruited and deployed hundreds of leaders to improve the lives of city residents across Baltimore. Among its many efforts, Baltimore Corps has played a key role in the City’s overdose prevention efforts. Previously, Fagan served as a Director at The Aspen Institute Impact Careers Initiative, which researched how to empower social impact careers, publishing findings in The Washington Monthly and The Aspen Institute’s Journal of Ideas. 

Carly Cutler

Investor Relations Associate

Carly Cutler joined Seavest Investment Group and Rethink VC in February 2019 in the role of Investor Relations Associate.  Carly has a background in both profit and non-profit worlds.  She works with Erin Molloy on the Investor Relations team for the Firm’s real estate and venture capital platforms.  Prior to joining Seavest Investment Group, Carly worked in investor communications at American Securities, in NYC as well as managed a broad range of logistics for a team of Operating Partners at L Catterton. 

Most recently, Carly worked for a non-profit social services agency, Jewish Family Services of Greenwich, where she led the redesign and creative efforts for the agency’s 2019 new website rollout.

Carly is passionate about bridging the education gap and holds an M.S. Ed. from Hunter College and a B.A. cum laude from the Honors College at the University of Massachusetts.

Erin Molloy

Director of Investor Relations, Rethink

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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.

Tim Murray

Executive in Residence

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Mr. Murray is an independent advisor to Seavest Investment Group LLC  and an Executive-in-Residence for Rethink Education.   Mr. Murray is currently the CEO of Cinematic Health Education, Executive Chairman of the Board, Voxy;  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.

Jenna Arnold

Chief Impact Officer

Jenna Arnold is an independent advisor to Seavest Investment Group LLC and the Chief Impact Officer at Rethink, helping shape the Fund’s plan for meaningful and measurable impact across all vehicles. Jenna comes to this work as an entrepreneur and activist, enthusiastic about the possibilities to do well and do good within such ecosystems. For her recent work as one of the organizers of the Women’s March, Jenna was recognized with a Glamour Women of the Year award.

Jenna is the co-founder of ORGANIZE, a non-profit focused on ending the waitlist for organ transplants in America. ORGANIZE was awarded an Innovator in Residence position in the Secretary’s Office of Health and Human Services and co-hosted the 2016 White House Organ Donation Summit, which, in addition to other initiatives, launched $300 million worth of commitments across multiple sectors. For her work at ORGANIZE Arnold was named one Inc’s “20 Most Disruptive Innovators”, the New York Times called ORGANIZE one of 2016’s “Biggest Ideas in Social Change,” and the organization was featured in an episode of HBO’s Last Week Tonight as a primary vehicle for ending the waitlist for kidneys.

Jenna has been named to Oprah’s 100 Super Soul Influencers, Inc. Magazine’s 35 Under 35 List, the World’s Economic Forum’s Young Global Shapers, and in 2017, a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.

Previously, Jenna was the Executive Producer and Creator of one of MTV’s hit TV shows, ‘Exiled!’ and was the youngest American to work at the United Nations where she created multi-platform programming and impact evaluation framework. Jenna has taught in 13 countries with a laser focus on citizenship education and has authored 15 different curricula.

She sits on the board of Women’s March Global and the African Mission Healthcare Foundation and lives in New York with her husband and two young children, who are anti-sleep.

Chelsea Morris

Associate, Rethink Impact

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Chelsea Morris is an Associate at Rethink Impact. She has a breadth of experience in both the for-profit and nonprofit worlds, most recently Program Coordinator of the Development Office at the Center for Strategic and International Studies. At CSIS, Chelsea secured new donors, tracked revenue, and played a key role with senior staff in transitioning CRM systems. In 2012 she started her own company, Love and Be Loved, that sold T-shirts and donated a portion of its profits to the local women’s shelter.

Joanne Cheng

Associate, Rethink Education

Joanne Cheng is an Associate at Rethink Education, a venture capital firm focused on education technology. Previously, she was an investment banking analyst in the financial institutions group at Bank of America Merrill Lynch, where she advised financial technology, consumer lending, and insurance clients on M&A and financing transactions. She is interested in innovative ideas to challenges in education and works with education non-profits in NYC delivering solutions to disadvantaged communities. Joanne holds a B.A. in Economics from Harvard College.

Malcolm McClain

Associate, Rethink Impact

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Malcolm McClain is an Associate at Rethink Impact. Previously, he was an Investment Associate at Cambridge Associates, a global investment firm that delivers portfolio management services to institutional and private investors. At C|A, Malcolm provided investment guidance to college endowments, foundations, and ultra high net worth families with a focus on venture capital and impact investing. In addition, he worked on the firm’s Resource Efficiency research team and helped to broaden client investment in women and minority investment managers. Malcolm graduated from Amherst College where he ran the school’s Entrepreneurship Society.

Sophie Kim

Associate, Acquisitions

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Sophie is an associate for Seavest and Rethink Community. Mrs. Kim joined the firm in September 2018 and focuses on property acquisitions. In this role she  assists in the evaluation of new investment opportunities by performing underwriting, due diligence, market analysis, and presenting to the investment committee. Her responsibilities also extend to the management and analysis of the existing portfolio.

Ms. Kim has an MBA from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business, with concentrations in Finance and Economics, and a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Wisconsin – Madison. Ms. Kim held various roles in acquisitions and asset management, most recently at a national retail investor, analyzing investment performance and monitoring operational activities for institutional assets totaling 11.3 million square feet.