Kerwin Tesdell, President
Kerwin Tesdell is president of the Community Development Venture Capital Alliance, the association of venture capital funds that provide equity financing for businesses that create good jobs for low income people and wealth and entrepreneurial capacity in low-income communities in the United States and around the world. He is also an adjunct professor at New York University, teaching Double Bottom Line Finance at the Stern School of Business and Community Development Law at the School of Law.
Prior to joining CDVCA, Mr. Tesdell was a program officer at the Ford Foundation, first in its Office of Program-Related Investments and then in its Economic Development Unit, where he had primary responsibility for the Foundation’s work in small business finance and job creation.
Before that, he was the director of the Community Development Legal Assistance Center, which provides corporate, tax, and real estate legal assistance to community development organizations in New York. He was also an associate with the law firm of Debevoise & Plimpton, where he represented clients in the financial services industry, including venture capital investors in businesses and funds. Prior to joining Debevoise, he was a law clerk for federal judge Constance Baker Motley in Manhattan.
Mr. Tesdell is the board chair of the NASVF Educational Foundation. He is a board member and past chair for seven years of the CDFI Coalition and current vice chair of the CDFI Data Project. He serves on the board of the Community Investment Program, which is the registered investment advisory of the Calvert Foundation and is also a board member of the New York Community Investment Company, LLC, a CDVC fund. He is on the advisory boards of the Center for Community Development Investments of the Federal Reserve Bank of San Franciso; Impact Reporting and Investment Standards (IRIS); Meritus Ventures, a Rural Business Investment Company investing in Appalacia; and the Advantage Capital Community Development Fund.
Mr. Tesdell graduated from Harvard College with a degree in economics and holds JD and MBA degrees from New York University, as well as a certificate from the Venture Capital Institute.
Christopher Reim, Managing Director
Christopher Reim has managed venture capital and private equity funds since 1998. From 2001 to 2008, he was the Managing Director of Evans Capital Management, a Denver family office. In addition to leading venture investments for the fund, he served on board and operating executive positions in portfolio companies. From 1998 to 2001 he was an Investment Manager for Cherokee Investment Partners, a $2 billion private equity fund. He previously was an M&A banker for an investment bank. He focuses on identifying social impact opportunities related to job creation for current CDVCA investments. He holds an MPA from Columbia and an MBA from Colorado.
Tanmay Bhargava, Manager-Investments and Fund Programs
Tanmay Bhargava is recent MBA graduate, with distinction, from New York University’s Stern School of Business, where he specialized in Financial Instruments and Social Impact. He is also a level-3 candidate in the CFA Program. He earlier worked with CRISIL, Ltd., an S&P company, where he gained a rich experience in investment strategy and research. Mr. Bhargava is also experienced in analyzing business plans and early-stage ventures. He has consulted several CDFIs and non-profit organizations on growth strategy, product design, portfolio management and valuation and due diligence processes. He holds a B.Tech in Materials Science from Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Bombay.