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 venture philanthropist who has dedicated the past two decades to working on solutions to climate change and other environmental issues. Jesse began his business career as a forest and land manager for Georgia-Pacific and later held marketing and operations management roles at Citicorp and CUC International. He then joined Jay Walker as Chief Operating Officer at Walker Digital where he co-created and became founding Chief Operating Officer of Priceline. Upon leaving Priceline in 1999, Jesse and his wife, Betsy, who he met in forestry school and also worked at Priceline, became pioneers in the field of impact investing, providing funding and strategic advice to social entrepreneurs.
In 2006, Jesse co-founded MissionPoint Capital Partners, a private investment firm focused on investments in the emerging clean technology and environmental finance sectors. Subsequently, Jesse co-founded MissionPoint Partners to guide other families and foundations in their pursuit of Impact. MissionPoint Partners incubated ReFED, a non-profit focused on accelerating solutions to food waste, where Jesse served as Founder and inaugural board Chair, and remains a board member. CapShift, a mission-driven platform to enable the trillion dollars of U.S. charitable assets to access a broad array of impact investment opportunities was another venture incubated at MissionPoint Partners.
Jesse is a graduate of the State University of New York's College of Environmental Science and Forestry in Syracuse, NY, where he received a BS in Environmental Resource Management. He also earned his MBA from Syracuse University's School of Management. Jesse is a Trustee of the Fink Family Foundation, which focuses on moving communities toward a more balanced, sustainable relationship with the environment.
Mark Cirilli leads MissionPoint’s overall strategy and chairs the firm’s investment committee. In addition, Mark serves as the Managing Director and is the chair of the investment committee for MissionPoint Capital Partners, an affiliated private equity firm he cofounded that specializes in clean energy and financing the transition to a low carbon economy. Mark has led investments in and helped build a wide range of transformational, impact-driven businesses including Hannon Armstrong (NYSE ticker: HASI), Voltaix (sold to Air Liquide), SunEdison (sold to MEMC), Recommunity (sold to Republic), and Aerofarms. In addition, Mark is a Co-founder of Capshift a turnkey impact investment management platform aimed at enabling the $120b Donor Advised Fund to access the impact investment market. Mark sits on a number of private impact-driven company boards and serves on a number of investment committees, including chairing the investment committee for an impact focused private family office. Prior to forming MissionPoint, Mark served as Chief Investment Officer of Marshall Street Management, a private family office of an impact investment pioneer, Jesse Fink. Mark was also 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 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).
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.
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.