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.
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.
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.
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.
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 Residence
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.
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.
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.