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Bart Holaday

Bart Holaday is the former co-head of Private Markets and Managing Director of UBS Brinson, the Chicago investment management firm, where he oversaw the management of over $12 billion in private market investments. He was a member of UBS Brinson’s Investment Strategy Committee, Chairman of the firm’s Private Markets Investment Advisory Committee and Co-Chairman of its Private Equity Subcommittee. Brinson’s private equity investments under Mr. Holaday’s management achieved average returns in the top quartile of performance for similar investments over the last 10 years. Before joining Brinson, Mr. Holaday was a Principal of the InnoVen Venture Capital Group. He has served on a variety of corporate and non-profit boards and has been a Board Member of Investors’ Circle since 1996. He also served as a Board Member and Treasurer of the National Venture Capital Association. Mr. Holaday has a BS from the U.S. Air Force Academy, a BA from Oxford University, where he was a Rhodes Scholar, and a JD from George Washington University Law School.


Henry Newman

Henry Newman is a General Partner of Solstice Capital LP, a $23 million socially responsible venture capital fund that has invested in twenty early stage companies, and Solstice Capital II LP, a new fund of $50 million with similar investment objectives. Prior to joining Solstice, Mr. Newman was a Vice President of BancBoston Ventures, Inc., a venture capital subsidiary of the Bank of Boston which managed $100 million in venture investments. BancBoston Ventures is licensed as a Small Business Investment Corporation by the Small Business Administration. Previously, Mr. Newman held various financial management positions at Bank of Boston and was a Certified Public Accountant at Coopers & Lybrand. Mr. Newman sits on the boards of Lipton Corporate Child Care, Proton Energy Systems and Secure Technologies. He graduated from Bowdoin College and received an MBA from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.


Ann Partlow

Ann Partlow is a Senior Portfolio Manager and Financial Counselor at Rockefeller & Co. where she manages the socially responsive investments group. She has been the general partner and investment manager of Odyssey Fund since its founding in 1977. Odyssey Fund invests in innovative socially responsive public and private companies. Ms. Partlow was also the founder and general partner of Libra Fund from its founding in 1991; Libra Fund is a socially responsive fund for global large companies. Ms. Partlow was a pension fund investment officer at Bankers Trust Company before joining Rockefeller & Co. in 1974.


Robert Shaw

Robert Shaw is a leading venture investor in the fields of renewable and dispersed energy generation and specialty materials. He is currently President of Aretê Corporation which manages a $40 million venture capital fund investing in small-scale sustainable energy systems. For 14 years prior to that he was founder and President of Aretê Ventures, Inc., which raised and invested over $95 million of utility industry capital in five venture funds focusing on energy and environmental technologies as well as telecommunications and software companies offering utility applications. He continues to manage these five funds. Dr. Shaw was a Senior Vice President and a member of the Board of Directors of Booz, Allen & Hamilton, where he was a founder of the firm’s Energy Division and had profit center responsibility for a consulting group of over 40 professionals. Earlier in his career, Dr. Shaw conducted materials and electronics research at Bell Laboratories and at the Cavendish Laboratory in the U.K. He currently serves as Chairman and a Director of Evergreen Solar, Inc., Proton Energy Systems, Inc., and Northern Power Systems, Inc., and as a Director of BurstPower Technologies Corporation, and Potomac Photonics, Inc. He received a Ph.D. in Applied Physics from Stanford University, an MPA from American University, and MS and BEP degrees from Cornell University.

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