MISSION: QUALITY EDUCATION
Managing Partner at Castle Hill Investors
Michael Clark is a Managing Partner of Castle Hill Investors, a real estate focused private equity firm, that invests in collaboration with skilled real estate operators -- providing capital, financial guidance, risk management, and strategic growth expertise. Previously he was a Partner with Meridian Development Partners ("MDP") a real estate development and private equity firm focused on redevelopment of challenging assets. Prior to joining MDP, he was a Partner in The Jamieson Group ("TJG"), an advisory firm focused on redevelopment, economic development and public-private partnerships. Prior to TJG he worked for the San Diego Padres as a manager of retail operations. Mr. Clark is Vice Chairman of Changing World Technologies, a leading renewable diesel company focusing exclusively on converting waste to fuel. Additionally he is on the management committee of GH Capital, one of the largest affordable housing companies in the U.S. Mr. Clark has been an adjunct professor at Columbia University's Graduate School of Real Estate since 2006, where he currently teaches three courses. He holds a Masters Degree of Real Estate Development from Columbia University, and is a magna cum laude graduate of the University of San Diego with a dual degree in Economics and Accounting with an emphasis in Real Estate.
President & Chief Investment Officer of Arch Street Capital Advisors
Anup Patel is a President & Chief Investment Officer of Arch Street Capital Advisors, LLC, a real estate investment advisory firm specializing in assisting international investors with their U.S. real estate strategies including acquisition and joint venture advisory, financing advisory and asset management and disposition services. He has been involved in more than $4 billion of real estate acquisitions, dispositions and financings across the industrial, office, multifamily, residential, student housing, retail, hospitality and senior housing sectors. Prior to Arch Street Capital, Mr. Patel worked at GE Capital in the North America real estate debt group and private equity group. He has been a frequent speaker on issues relating to real estate investment and finance, including the application of Islamic Finance techniques to commercial real estate. Mr. Patel most recently addressed audiences at New York University’s Shack Institute of Real Estate and Columbia University’s Real Estate Development program. Mr. Patel holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Cornell University’s School of Hospitality Management.
Executive Director of Online Strategy at Estée Lauder
Swan Sit is the Executive Director of Online Strategy & Planning for the Estée Lauder Companies, whose portfolio includes 30 prestige beauty brands with hundreds of sites around the world. She is responsible for defining the Online division’s global strategic direction and guides implementation of digital initiatives and operations across the company, with a focus on e/m-commerce and new business development. As a Case Team Leader at Bain, Swan consulted for the financial, oil & gas and telecom industries spanning the areas of growth strategy, operational efficiency, organizational alignment and investment due diligence. Swan has also owned a small advertising agency specializing in Emotional Branding, with clients ranging from a luxury pet resort to an arborist equipment supplier. As a Product Manager at Newell Rubbermaid, she developed products for Wal-Mart, Target and Lowes – launching a factory in China during SARS – and ran their grassroots Trend Marketing Team. She capitalized on the Internet boom by joining Trilogy Software after college, creating marketing campaigns that still live in dot-com infamy. Swan graduated with an MBA from Columbia and a BA in Economics from Harvard. Travel is one of her passions, at 45+ countries (notably Mt. Everest, Rwanda, Antarctica and roaming with nomads in Mongolia) and she can often be found playing volleyball or chasing restaurant openings around NYC.
Senior Analyst at Eminence Capital
Karan Ahooja is a senior analyst at Eminence Capital, an investment firm that he has worked at since 2005. Prior to joining Eminence, he held positions at Citigroup and Dubin & Swieca Capital Management. Karan graduated cum laude with a BA in Economics from Dartmouth College in 2002. He is on the junior board of the Teak Fellowship in New York City where he also volunteers as a mentor.
Co-Founder and CEO of Yext
Howard Lerman is a serial entrepreneur who has helped lead three previous ventures, all of which have had successful exits. He founded Yext in 2006, with the vision of reinventing the way local businesses and consumers connect. Over the last four years, Yext has evolved to provide a range of products designed so that all local businesses can take advantage of the power of internet advertising. Yext takes a unique approach to helping local businesses advertise and market themselves online, using unmatched technology and with techniques that are carefully optimized for each vertical industry. While earning his Bachelor of Arts degree at Duke University, Howard founded his first startup, JustaTip.com, and discovered his love and passion for innovating on how people use Web. He then co-founded Intwine, a technology consulting firm, later selling to Datran Media and serving as COO.
Founder and President of Netconcepts
Stephan is an SEO expert, author, and professional speaker. He is the Founder and President of Netconcepts, a natural search marketing firm and is the co-author of The Art of SEO: Mastering Search Engine Optimization and author of Google Power Search: The Essential Guide to Finding Anything Online with Google.
Co-Founder & President of Impact Network
Dan has a passion for delivering technology solutions to the developing world and digging in to figure out how to make them work and make them sustainable. Prior to founding Impact Network, he helped to found several internet companies including ShareFile and Yext, both of which made the Inc 500 list as some of the fastest growing companies in the US. He graduated summa cum laude from both Duke University and NYU, where he received a Masters in International Development, writing a thesis on e-learning in rural Africa. He combines his practical entrepreneurial background with deep knowledge of development issues to forge solutions for education and poverty in rural Africa.
Reshma Patel, Executive Director
Reshma Patel has a deep interest in improving the access to and quality of education for underserved communities in developing nations. She brings a wealth of experience from both the for-profit and non-profit sectors to her role at Impact Network. Prior to joining Impact Network, Reshma Patel worked at MDRC, a non-profit, non-partisan social policy research firm, dedicated to finding solutions to improve the lives of low-income communities. In this role, she served as the project and data manager for a $30 million multi-college evaluation of performance-based scholarships in postsecondary institutions, and the project director for a study of a large microfinance program serving low-income women in New York City. Prior to MDRC, she was a pension risk analyst at Morgan Stanley, and an actuarial associate at Towers Perrin. In addition, she has worked abroad on multiple occasions, concentrating her time and efforts in South Africa and various villages within Gujarat, India. Reshma has a Bachelor of Math from the University of Waterloo and she is a Fellow of the Society of Actuaries.