Our purpose-built team has over a decade of experience working together, designing and implementing impact investment strategies. We apply a research-intensive approach based on our extensive knowledge of technology, public policy and capital markets to identify high impact opportunities.
Jesse Fink is a co-founder and Non-Executive Chairman of MissionPoint. In addition, he is also President and Chief Executive Officer of Marshall Street Management, a family office established in 1999 which has leveraged its investment expertise to develop a mission-driven, but return-focused investment strategy. In 2004, the firm established MSM Capital Partners, MissionPoint's predecessor company. MSM Capital Partners was designed as a mission-oriented, multi-strategy vehicle to manage its investment activities in the emerging clean technology and environmental finance sectors. Jesse began his business career as a forest and land manager for Georgia-Pacific. After attending business school, he continued his career in marketing and operations management as well as business development, first with Citicorp and then with CUC International. Jesse then joined entrepreneur Jay Walker as COO of Walker Digital Inc., a leading inventor and developer of business method solutions. He was the founding Chief Operating Officer of priceline.com, running operations from inception through IPO. He then founded Marshall Street Management. Jesse is a graduate of the State University of New York's College of Environmental Science and Forestry in Syracuse, New York, where he received a BS in Resource Management. He also earned his MBA from Syracuse University's School of Management. In February of 2007, Jesse received the Cleantech Venture Network's the Cleantech Leader of the Year award. The award is presented to an organization or individual who has shown exceptional leadership in adding credibility or resources to the cleantech industry field. Jesse and his family manage the Fink Family Foundation, which focuses on catalytic environmental and educational grant making.
Mark Cirilli leads MissionPoint’s overall strategy and chairs the firm’s investment committee. In addition, Mark serves as a managing director and is member of the investment committee for MissionPoint Capital Partners, a private equity firm he cofounded that specializes in clean energy and that is an affiliate of MissionPoint Partners. Mark currently serves on the boards of Hannon Armstrong (NYSE ticker: HASI), ReCommunity Holdings, MPH Energy Holdings, Just Greens (DBA AeroFarms) and is a board observer for OptiRTC. Prior to forming MissionPoint, Mark served as Chief Investment Officer of Marshall Street Management, a private family office and was a Founder and Managing Partner of MSM Capital Partners, LLC, where he developed and executed the firm’s investment strategy in clean technology and environmental finance sectors. Prior to Marshall Street, he held Chief Financial Officer and operating positions at a retail franchise and at Cannondale Corporation, a publicly traded bicycle manufacturer. In addition, Mark was with Coopers & Lybrand’s Financial Advisory Services Group where he provided due diligence and transactions services support to Fortune 500 Companies’ mergers and acquisitions activities. Mark has extensive experience in investment management, corporate finance, accounting and business operations. Mark earned an MBA with Distinction from Columbia University and a BA in Accounting and Economics from Fordham University.
Len Nero is MissionPoint's Chief Financial Officer and Chief Compliance Officer. Len joined MissionPoint in early 2007 after working as a vice president at Goldman, Sachs & Co where he was a member of the Investment Management Division's Private Equity Group which managed over $20 billion in private equity funds, direct investments and secondary transactions. At Goldman Sachs, Len and his team spent over seven years with primary responsibilities translating to acting Chief Financial Officer. Prior to Goldman Sachs, Len provided due diligence and transactions services at Primedia Inc, a subsidiary of Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co, where he worked on a broad range of mergers, acquisitions and divestitures. In addition, Len started his career at Coopers & Lybrand as a business assurance associate where he focused on audit and advisory services for financial service clients, primarily "bulge bracket" investment banks. Len earned a BS, summa cum laude, in Accounting and Finance from Fordham University and is a Certified Public Accountant (inactive status).
Jeff Possick leads MissionPoint's direct investment platform. Jeff joined MissionPoint at the time of its founding in 2006 after working at GE Energy Financial Services where he served in the Power, Transmission & Distribution Group as well as the Renewable Energy Team structuring a variety of equity and debt investments in energy projects and companies. Prior to graduate school, Jeff spent 5 years in the Energy/Natural Resources Group in Investment Banking at Lehman Brothers in New York, Houston and London where he worked on a broad range of energy sector mergers and acquisitions, debt and equity assignments. Jeff has an MBA from the Yale School of Management, a Master of Environmental Management from the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies and a BA in Geology from Yale College.
Adam Rein helps lead MissionPoint's direct investment origination, portfolio management, and broader impact investment strategy. In 2010, Adam co-founded Altaeros Energies, a startup launched out of MIT to bring low cost wind energy and telecommunications to the developing world. Adam is also a co-founder of Greentown Labs, the country's largest clean technology incubator. Previously Adam worked as a strategy consultant for Bain & Company. Adam has an MBA from the MIT Sloan School of Management, an MPA from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government and a BA from Yale University.
Sarah Vared focuses on investments related to sustainability, agriculture, efficiency and resilience. In her role at MissionPoint, Sarah currently serves as the Interim Director for ReFED, a multi-stakeholder collaborative of foundations, investors, nonprofits, business and government to develop a first ever national roadmap to reduce food waste at scale in the United States. Previously, Sarah worked for Pacific Gas and Electric Company where her work included the development of innovative programs to reduce energy consumption through analytics and automation. Sarah has an MBA from the Presidio Graduate School and a BA from University of California, Santa Barbara.
Mark Lewis co-led MissionPoint Capital Partners' investment strategy and was a member of the investment committee during his tenure at the firm. Mark continues to serve on the boards of MissionPoint Capital Partners' portfolio companies Trilliant, Inc. and UpWind Solutions, Inc. Prior to joining MissionPoint Capital Partners in 2007 Mark served as General Manager, Global Business Development for GE Energy, GE's largest industrial business with 2007 revenue of $22 billion. As global leader for the business development/M&A activities of GE Energy, Mark's responsibilities included originating, executing and integrating acquisitions and divestures as well as structuring and executing strategic alliances and JVs. During his tenure at GE Energy, Mark led a number of high-profile transactions that helped reshape GE's energy business including the multi-billion dollar global alliance between the nuclear energy businesses of GE Energy and Hitachi, Ltd., the acquisition of Xin Hua Controls, a large Chinese manufacturer of plant controls, the acquisition of highly advanced uranium enrichment technology from Silex of Australia, as well as an investment in PrimeStar Solar, a solar technology company focused on thin-film technology. Additionally, Mark led a number of key strategic divestitures including the sale of GE Energy Rentals. Mark began his career with The First Boston Corporation (now Credit Suisse) where he held a number of senior positions in their Mergers and Acquisitions and Energy groups in New York and London.
Subsequent to MissionPoint, Mark was the Chief Executive Officer of ONEnergy Inc., a supplier of energy products and services for residential and commercial customers in Canada and the United States. ONEnegry provides various products to manage energy costs and usage, including fixed price and variable price natural gas and electricity; and Depend-a-Bill and green energy solutions. Prior to joining ONEnergy, and subsequent to MissionPoint, Mark was the President and Chief Executive Officer of OZZ Clean Energy Inc., an energy company.
Mark earned an MBA from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University and a BA with Distinction in Business Administration from the Ivey School of Business at the University of Western Ontario.
Bill Schmalkuche has served as the CFO for Marshall Street Management, the family office of Jesse Fink, for the past fourteen years. In this role, he is responsible for tax and accounting, trust and estate planning, risk management, partnership structuring, and working closely with the family’s investment advisors. Bill was the CFO of MSM Capital Partners, and also serves as CFO for the Fink Family Foundation.
Prior to joining Marshall Street, Bill managed his own accounting and consulting practice, working with Marshall Street and clients such as Oppenheimer Funds and Jet Blue Airways. Prior to founding his own firm, he was a manager at KPMG. Bill is a licensed CPA and has a BS in Accounting from The Pennsylvania State University.
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