Our Mission, Values & Team

CIF’s experience and passion stand at the intersection of capital markets, charter schools and social impact.

Our Mission

Our mission is to make it easier, faster and less expensive for excellent charter schools to put down roots in sustainable facilities – ultimately allowing our partner schools to spend more time and money helping students achieve academic success and less on repaying loan costs.

 

Core Values

Rigor

We approach our work – from financial analysis to school partnerships – with rigor and dedication. We take pride in the sophistication of our product and the depth of our credit analysis. We are unapologetic in the high bar we hold for ourselves and our schools.


Delivering Value – Period

We create value that empowers schools, students, and investors alike. We are steadfast in our delivery of results because each success brings us closer to the day when all students have access to a high-quality education in a suitable learning space.


Doing the Right Thing

We are professionals who act with integrity. We tell the truth, stand up for what is right, honor our commitments, and ensure alignment between our actions and our beliefs.


The Yin and the Yang

Our uniqueness comes from our duality. Our team consists of both charter school veterans and financial experts, and we take pride in this diversity of thought and expertise.

Our Team

Anand Kesavan

Anand Kesavan

Founder & Chief Executive Officer

 

Anand Kesavan

Founder & Chief Executive Officer


 

Wendy Berry

Wendy Berry

Vice President of Structured Products and Research

 

Wendy Berry

Vice President of Structured Products and Research


 

Rachael Braunstein

Rachael Braunstein

Executive Assistant

 

Rachael Braunstein

Executive Assistant


 

Michelle Getz

Michelle Getz

Chief Credit Officer

 

Michelle Getz

Chief Credit Officer


 

Adyam Ghebre

Adyam Ghebre

Operations Manager

 

Adyam Ghebre

Operations Manager


 

Brian Kates

Brian Kates

Director of Finance

 

Brian Kates

Director of Finance


 

Michael McGregor

Michael McGregor

Chief of Staff

 

Michael McGregor

Chief of Staff


 

Mark Medema

Mark Medema

School Outreach Advisor

 

Mark Medema

School Outreach Advisor


 

Matt Pearson

Matt Pearson

Investment Principal

 

Matt Pearson

Investment Principal


 

Chris Reynolds

Chris Reynolds

School Outreach Advisor

 

Chris Reynolds

School Outreach Advisor


 

Renita Thukral

Renita Thukral

General Counsel

 

Renita Thukral

General Counsel


 

Marc Wancer

Marc Wancer

Investment Principal

 

Marc Wancer

Investment Principal


 

Karina Vadillo

Karina Vadillo

Investment Associate

 

Karina Vadillo

Investment Associate


 

Kevin Alin

Kevin Alin

Start-Up Advisor

 

Kevin Alin

Start-Up Advisor


 

CIF Board of Directors

Kyle Peterson

Kyle Peterson

Executive Director, Walton Family Foundation

 

Kyle Peterson

Executive Director, Walton Family Foundation


 

Kevin Hall

Kevin Hall

President & CEO, Charter School Growth Fund

 

Kevin Hall

President & CEO, Charter School Growth Fund


 

Greg Richmond

Greg Richmond

President & CEO, National Association of Charter School Authorizers

 

Greg Richmond

President & CEO, National Association of Charter School Authorizers