David Green has worked with many organizations to make medical technology and health care services sustainable, affordable and accessible to all. David is a MacArthur Fellow, Ashoka Fellow and is recognized by Schwab Foundation as a leading social entrepreneur. David helped establish Aurolab (India), to produce affordable intraocular lenses (now has 8% of the global market share) and suture. He has helped develop high-volume, quality eye care programs that are affordable to the poor and self-sustaining from user fees, including Aravind Eye Hospital in India – which performs 300,000 surgeries per year – 70 percent of the care is provided free of charge or below – cost, yet the hospital is able to generate substantial surplus revenue. Within this paradigm of ‘humanizing capitalism, he now works as an Ashoka VP (since 2004) to create social investing instruments to support sustainable social enterprises (in eye care and solar energy). He graduated from the University of Michigan with a Bachelor in General Studies (1978) and a Masters degree in Public Health (1982). He is the recipient of the 2009 “Spirit of Helen Keller” award for humanitarian efforts in blindness prevention and is the recipient of the 2009 University of Michigan Humanitarian Service Award.
Narayan Ramachandran has recently been appointed as Senior Advisor to Morgan Stanley India, having been Country Head leading all of the Group’s businesses since 2007. Prior to these roles, Narayan was the Head and lead portfolio manager of Morgan Stanley’s Global Emerging Markets and Global Asset Allocation teams, managing over $25 billion in assets. He joined Morgan Stanley in 1996 and has 20 years of investment experience. Before joining the firm, he was a managing director at Rogers Casey (now CRA Rogers Casey). In addition, Narayan was director of research at Rogers Casey and president of its investment advisory subsidiary. He began his career at Goldman Sachs. Narayan has written articles for the academic and trade press, and is a frequent speaker at industry conferences. He received a B.Tech. in chemical engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology Bombay and an M.B.A. from the University of Michigan. Narayan holds the Chartered Financial Analyst designation. He is on the board of several companies. Narayan has a keen interest in using market-based solutions for poverty alleviation in areas such as micro-finance, social venture capital, micro-insurance and affordable housing.
Mahendra manages the First Step Fund in Detroit. This fund is focused on micro-investments in pre-seed and seed-stage companies. Mahendra joined the Invest Detroit team with more than a decade of experience in fostering the growth of early-stage technology businesses. Prior to First Step Fund, Mahendra was senior vice president at Plymouth Venture Partners (PVP), and was involved in all aspects of early- and growth-stage investments, including adding value to the existing investment portfolio. In his first 12 months at PVP, he helped double the size of the fund to $21 million, sourced two investments and led a follow-on round capital raise for a portfolio company. Before his tenure with PVP, he was the director, Venture Capital Initiatives for Michigan Economic Development Corp., for seven years. There, he led the legislation for two Fund-of-Fund programs that deploy more than $200 million in Michigan. Mahendra’s background includes a bachelor’s degree in electronics engineering and an MBA with a major in marketing and finance.
Prior to Bridge Ventures, Brian Trelstad formerly Chief Investment Officer of Acumen Fund, a $60M social investment fund investing in innovative social enterprises in South Asia and East Africa delivering critical health, water, housing and energy services to the base of the pyramid. Previously, Brian was a management consultant with McKinsey & Company in their New Jersey office. He has co-founded and advised several early-stage technology companies and social enterprises and was the lead environmental staffer for President Clinton’s Corporation for National Service. He is a graduate of Harvard College, Stanford University’s Graduate School of Business and the University of California’s College of Environmental Design. Brian is a member of the 2010 class of Henry Crown Fellows at the Aspen Institute. He is also a Kauffman Fellow (Class 12) and was the first impact investor to participate in the fellowship program.
Steven K. Hamp
Steven is currently engaged in a variety of projects and institutions in southeast Michigan that focus on education, economic development, the arts and civic engagement. He is Chair and President of the Michigan Educational Excellence Foundation; Chair of the Governing Council for The New Economy Initiative; founding Chair and board member of The Cultural Alliance for Southeast Michigan; Co-director of More Good Schools and founding Chair and board member for Henry Ford Learning Institute; a board member of the Kresge Foundation; and a Principal at Hamp Advisors. He also serves on the boards of the National Portrait Gallery, The Henry Ford, Michigan Future, The Community Foundation for Southeastern Michigan, McKinley Corporation, The Nature Conservancy (Michigan Chapter), The Ark, and Sustainable Water Works.
Prior to his current work, Mr. Hamp enjoyed a 27-year career at the historical institution, The Henry Ford. Mr. Hamp left The Henry Ford to serve as Vice President and Chief of Staff for Ford Motor Company. Mr. Hamp holds a BA degree in American History from Butler University, an MA degree in Folklore and Folklife from Indiana University and an MMP (Master of museum Practice) degree from the University of Michigan. He joined the SvF Board in June 2012.
Steven Mr. Wildstein is a Partner at Kohlberg & Company, LLC. a leading U.S. private equity firm which acquires middle market companies. Mr. Wildstein joined Kohlberg in 1994, and became a Partner in 1999. He has played an active role investing across all of the firm’s investment funds since inception through which Kohlberg has raised $5.3 billion in capital. As a member of the investment team, Mr. Wildstein evaluates acquisition candidates, structures investments, and serves on the investment committee of Kohlberg. Mr. Wildstein has completed numerous platform and add-on acquisitions across a range of industries, and also develops financing strategies for portfolio companies, including public and private debt and equity financings. He has been involved in managing and monitoring many of the firms’ prior and current portfolio investments, and has served on the board of directors of numerous public and private companies. During his tenure at Kohlberg, Mr. Wildstein also served as President of Kisco Capital Corporation, a Kohlberg affiliated small business investment fund. Prior to joining Kohlberg, Mr. Wildstein was a Financial Analyst at Dean Witter Reynolds, Inc.
Mr. Wildstein also serves on the board of directors at Youth Inc., a New York City based non-profit that supports youth based causes through a unique venture philanthropy model. Mr. Wildstein received a Bachelor of Business Administration from the University of Michigan.
Wes is Founding Director of the startup accelerator Hub Ventures. Hub Ventures, which is part of the GlobalAccelerator Network championed by TechStars, helps world-changing entrepreneurs build their startups. Wes is also the Investment Manager for Good Capital’s Social Enterprise Expansion Fund, where he leads deal sourcing, due diligence, transaction execution, and portfolio management. He is actively engaged with the portfolio as Chairman of the Board for Alter Eco Americas and as Board Observer for Better World Books and Adina for Life. Wes has ten years of investment management and transaction experience in the financial services industry and is a Chartered Financial Analyst. Prior to Good Capital, he spent two years as an Equity Research Associate at William Blair & Company covering the Digital Media Sector, and four years with Ernst & Young Corporate Finance where he advised privately held companies on mergers, acquisitions, and restructuring transactions. Wes earned an MBA from the Haas School of Business at the University of California, Berkeley and a BBA from the University of Michigan. Wes joined the Social Venture Fund Board in April 2012. He can be reached at email@example.com.