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.
VP, Asset Management
Kurt Hackett is a Vice President in asset management for Seavest and Rethink Community. Mr. Hackett joined Seavest in 2018 and is responsible for the management and analysis of an extensive portfolio of commercial and healthcare properties.
Prior to joining Seavest, Mr. Hackett worked at Hudson Realty Capital, a New York-based real estate equity fund manager with over $1.5 billion in assets under management, as a Director in the Loan Originations Group and as a Vice President in the Asset Management Group with responsibility for determining and executing business plan goals for a portfolio of debt and equity investments across property types.
Proceeding his time at Hudson Realty Capital, Mr. Hackett held underwriting and asset management positions at LEM Capital, a series of private equity funds sponsored by Lubert-Adler, in Philadelphia. Prior to this experience, he served as an Associate in the Real Estate Investment Group at JPMorgan Investment Management and as an accountant at the New York City Economic Development Corporation.
Mr. Hackett earned his B.B.A. from Pace University, and his M.B.A. from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, with a concentration in Finance and Real Estate.
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.