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Executive Team
Experienced Leaders and Mission-Driven Investors
Wes Moore
Chairman
  • CEO of Robin Hood Foundation to May 2021
  • Founder and CEO of BridgeEdU, White House Fellow to Condoleeza Rice, Rhodes Scholar, Veteran
  • US Army Officer
  • New York Times best-selling author, Board Member of Under Armour and IAC
Carl Stanton
Chief Executive Officer
  • Former Head of PE for Invesco; Managing Partner of Wellspring Capital
  • 27 years of PE Investing and Board Member to >15 portfolio companies
  • Former firm closed funds totaling $3.1bn during tenure
Wray Thorn
Chief Investment Officer
  • Former MD & CIO for Private Investments at Two Sigma; architected & led PE/VC efforts
  • Established Two Sigma impact investment business; leader in proactive ESG, application of data / tech in private investing
  • 28-year private investing career, $2.8bn+ invested capital, approved / part of investments in >120 companies, served on 34 boards / committees
Ernest Lyles
Chief Financial Officer
  • Founder of PE firm,  The HiGro Group
  • Former Head of Technology and Business Services, UBS Investment Bank
  • 10 years of Investment Banking experience; Board observer and Lead Director, respectively, for two portfolio companies
Chadd Hunt
Director
  • Managing Director, The HiGro Group
  • Former Managing Director, Dryden & Co.
Howard Sanders
DIRECTOR
  • Founder and Managing Member of
    Auldbrass Partners
  • Former MD at Citi Holdings
  • Board member of the Partnership for New York City Foundation
INSTITUTIONAL PARTNER
  • Leading Secondary firm with top quartile performance for recent fund
  • Founded in 2011, spin-out of Citi Holdings, 15 professionals
  • Career totals of >$5 billion in secondaries transactions (500 fund transactions) completed
INSTITUTIONAL PARTNER
  • Leading Secondary firm with top quartile performance for recent fund
  • Founded in 2011, spin-out of Citi Holdings, 15 professionals
  • Top quartile performance for recent fund
  • Career totals of >$5 billion in secondaries transactions (500 fund transactions) completed

Board of Directors & Advisory Board

Alongside the management team, FOCUS has assembled a best-in-class and diverse team, highly equipped and incentivized to add value to the FOCUS process.

Derek Ferguson

ADVISORY BOARD CHAIR

  • Chief Administrative Officer, TIAA
  • Former COO, Robin Hood Foundation
  • Former President, Combs Enterprises

ESG & Mission

Morgan DeBaun

  • CEO, Blavity
  • Millennial media executive

Shawn Escoffery

  • ED Roy & Patricia Disney Family Foundation
  • Former Program Officer, Surdna Foundation

Tom Perrotti

  • Former COO, ADP Corporation

Investing

Erik Anderson

  • Leader in global innovation and proactive ESG
  • Founder & CEO of WestRiver Group; CEO of Decarbonization Plus family of ESG SPACs
  • Executive Chairman: Singularity University, SVB Capital Credit Platform, Topgolf (former)

Josh Kaufman

  • Principal, Kaufman Holdings
  • Former Founder, Brenner West and Investor MSD Capital

Tom Kichler

  • Senior Advisor, CVC
  • Operating Partner, SJL (S Korea)
  • Board Member: Dussur (Saudi Arabia)

Leadership

Troy Carter*

  • CEO of Q&A and notable Angel Investor
  • Former Global Head of Creator Services, Spotify
  • Board Member: Aspen Institute, Los Angeles County Museum of Art

Dawanna Williams*

Dabar Development Partners, Managing Principal Former Attorney, Sidley Austin Board Member: Apollo Theater

Rusty O'Kelley

Co-Head, Board and CEO Advisory Practice, Russell Reynolds Board Member: Lincoln Theater

Operations

Jerri DeVard*

  • Founder, Black Executive CMO Alliance
  • Former CCO/CMO, Office Depot and ADT
  • Board Member: Under Armour, Cars.com

Ron Pasek

  • Former CFO, NetApp
  • Board Member: Spectra
    Microsystems

Corey Harrison

  • Executive VP, NFL
  • Former White House Fellow, KKR, UBS

Note: (*) indicates an Independent Director on our Board of Directors. Otherwise, individuals appearing on this page are advisory board members.

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