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. 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. 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. Jesse and his family manage the Fink Family Foundation, which focuses on moving communities toward a more balanced, sustainable relationship with the environment. Jesse serves on the Steering Committee of ReFED, a nonprofit initiative the Foundation seed funded in 2015 to reduce food waste in the US.
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 helps to support MissionPoint’s direct investment platform and impact investment activity. While at MissionPoint, Sarah served as Interim Director to 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. Sarah continues to support ReFED as a Strategic Advisor, leveraging her background in philanthropy and impact investing to provide programmatic support and strategic insight on how to catalyze the action and investment needed to scale solutions to reduce food waste. 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 board of MissionPoint Capital Partners' portfolio company Trilliant, Inc. Prior to joining MissionPoint Capital Partners in 2007 Mark served in multiple roles with GE including as General Manager, Global Business Development for GE Energy, GE's largest industrial business. 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.
Subsequent to Mark’s tenure as an investing professional at MissionPoint, he 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.
Today Mark serves as the Chief Business Officer of TAE Technologies. With nearly 20 years of focused research, TAE is leveraging proprietary science and engineering to solve the quintessential problem of our time: how to harness an unlimited and powerful source of clean, renewable energy. Using a unique pathway to fusion energy powered by nature’s own processes, the company’s approach combines advanced accelerator and plasma physics to create a commercially viable fusion power plant that is compact, safe, carbon-free and sustainable.
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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