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Chris Hayes

Christ Hayes

Chris Hayes

Advisory Board Member

Chris advises the Steward team across key initiatives as well as areas opportune for deployment of the firm’s strategy. Chris is an influential force in the private equity industry, most notably having led the Institutional Limited Partners Association (ILPA)’s efforts on regulatory policy and fund terms, including spearheading the project to create the ILPA Model LPA, and building a network of LP legal professionals.

He currently leads global government relations at the Celo Foundation, a grant giving organization that supports Web3 startups building software on the open-source Celo blockchain. He also serves as an Advisor to Aumni, an investment analytics platform for private capital markets that is used by venture funds, family offices, university endowments and corporate venture firms.

His legal career spans the intersection of financial regulation and private funds. At the Small Business Investor Alliance (SBIA), a trade association representing U.S. lower middle market private equity GPs, SBICs, and BDCs, Chris served as General Counsel and co-led government affairs. Previously, as Regulatory Counsel at the Financial Services Institute he represented broker-dealers and retail investment advisers. While at FINRA he led insider trading investigations and market surveillance for U.S. stock exchanges. In 2009, Chris also served as a legal fellow on the Senate Banking Committee during the writing of the Dodd-Frank financial reform legislation.

Chris holds a Juris Doctor from the University of San Diego School of Law, and a B.A. in political science and legal studies from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. He is a member of the Law Alumni Board of the University of San Diego and is admitted to practice law in California and the District of Columbia.

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Melanie Santos Grant

Melanie Santos Grant

Melanie Santos Grant

Advisory Board Member

Melanie advises the Steward team across key initiatives as well as areas opportune for deployment of the firm’s strategy. Melanie speaks and moderates panels on diversity of perspective, risk management and entrepreneurship. In 2017, Melanie spoke at the Women’s Health Conference in Camden County and moderated a Diversity in the Boardroom panel for the Philadelphia chapter of the NACD. She is the Founder of 2ndGenPartners, a private equity independent sponsor focused on propelling sustainable growth in the agribusiness distribution, healthcare, education and health and wellness product sectors. Melanie is responsible for originating and evaluating investment opportunities as well as structuring and negotiating transactions.

Prior to 2ndGenPartners Melanie led the transaction teams for SK Capital Partners’ global carve-out acquisition that formed Archroma, a Swiss-based global specialty chemical manufacturer serving the branded consumer, textiles and sealants market. She also served as Chief Transformation Officer for Bain Capital owned Burlington Coat Factory as the previously family-owned retail business experienced strong growth that led to the IPO in 2013. Before that she served as Assistant General Counsel at ARAMARK, a global food services business and prior to that practiced corporate law at Morgan, Lewis & Bockius in Philadelphia advising mergers & acquisitions, venture capital fundings, private equity recapitalizations, Chapter 11 & 13 reorganizations and public capital raising. Melanie started her career at Goldman Sachs in New York in fixed income. While at Goldman, Melanie represented the firm at various trade associations and worked on a number of Goldman’s pre-IPO business initiatives.

Melanie serves as Trustee of the Virtua Health Foundation, South Jersey’s largest healthcare provider. She also currently serves on the Advisory Board of School Improvement Partnership, a data and research provider to municipal bond investors in charter schools, having recently served as the company’s Chief Operating Officer. She was featured in Deloitte’s 2009 Women on Boards publication, having served as an advisor to many public and private corporate boards as well as serving as Governance Chair and as Secretary of the Executive Committee for the Board of the YMCA, Burlington & Camden Counties.

Melanie graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Rutgers College where she was President of the student body and earned her JD from the University of Virginia, School of Law.

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Brad Heinrichs

Brad Heinrichs

Brad Heinrichs

Advisory Board Member

Brad advises the Steward team across key initiatives as well as areas opportune for deployment of the firm’s strategy. Brad is President and CEO of Foster & Foster and has served actuarial clients there since 2005 while expanding and diversifying the business.

Foster & Foster’s initial client base began within the Florida public pension fund community, subsequently growing into an independent US national actuarial consulting business with offices from coast to coast providing consulting and actuarial services to over 1,000 clients representing over 1,000,000 participants. Since 2010, Foster & Foster has made many successful acquisitions including R.N. Blomquist & Company in Illinois, SJ Actuarial in Louisiana, Marsh Consulting Group in California and most recently Beyer Barber Company in Pennsylvania and Rodwan Company in Michigan. Brad began his career as an Actuary at AON, formerly Hewitt Associates.

Brad serves as a key resource for lawmakers regarding proposed bills that impact state and municipal pension plans and is a frequent speaker at retirement conferences across the country.

Brad is a member of the board of directors of Cogent Bank. He has a Bachelor’s degree in mathematics from the University of Iowa and is a member of the Society of Actuaries. He is also a community contributor on the financial allocations team and leader of the United Way’s efforts in Lee County, Florida.

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Milton Irvin

Milton Irvin

Milton Irvin

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Milton advises the Steward team across key initiatives as well as areas opportune for deployment of the firm’s strategy. Milton retired in 2012 and currently serves as Chair of the Advisory Board for Castle Oak Securities, L.P. and as a Trustee/Director for the Liberty All Star Funds. Previously he was non-executive chairman at Nextier Companies, LLC, Managing Director at UBS Investment Bank, where he was also the America’s Head of Diversity and Inclusion, President and COO at Blaylock & Partners, L.P., Managing Director at Salomon Brothers, Inc. and Corporate Lending Officer at Chase Manhattan Bank.

Milton currently chairs the board for The Lead Program, a cross-sector collaborative focusing on developing high potential youth of diverse backgrounds. Previously he served on the Wharton Graduate and Undergraduate Advisory Boards, South Carolina State University Board and the Board of the Harlem School of the Arts. In 2012 President Obama appointed Milton to be a member of his Board of Advisors on HBCUs. In 1994 President Clinton appointed Mr. Irvin to the Advisory Committee of the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation for which he served as Chairman from 1995 to1997.

Milton earned his B.A. from the United States Merchant Marine Academy and his M.B.A. from the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania.

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Alhadi Alwazir

Alhadi Alwazir

Alhadi Alwazir

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Alhadi advises the Steward team across key business initiatives and areas opportune for deployment of the firm’s strategy. He has been a strong source of emerging firms for the Steward pipeline. Currently, he is a Partner at Bio-nAbler, a life-science investment and advisory firm. He has spent the last twenty years focused on alternative investments in private equity with a focus on life sciences, infrastructure and real estate.

Alhadi is a member of the board of directors of Celon Laboratories Limited, an oncology and critical care drug manufacturer that focuses on novel drug delivery systems and is an advisor to the Board of Directors of Mango Sciences, a big data, advanced computational data platform that enables novel drug companies to access a larger pool of patients by providing outcomes-based costing solutions for life-saving therapeutics.

Prior to Bio-nAbler, Alhadi was a Partner in Eastgate Capital Group’s private equity and real estate practice, where he led initiatives in healthcare, infrastructure and real estate. Prior to the formation of Eastgate, Alhadi worked at NCB’s Capital Markets Group, where he was responsible for reviewing, negotiating and structuring select private equity investments. Before joining NCB, Alhadi was SVP and Director at Iron Gate Partners, a private investment group with offices in Washington and London, where he managed investments in private equity, fixed income securities, structured credit products and real estate.  Previously, Alhadi was a Financial Engineer at Société Générale with the Derivative and Financial Products Group in New York City. He began his career at STX Hughes working on the Solar Maximum Mission Project at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Centre.

Alhadi holds a B.Sc. degree (Summa Cum Laude) in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Maryland and an M.B.A. from Georgetown University, McDonough School of Business.

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Steve Marks

Steve Marks

Steve Marks

Advisory Board Member

Steve advises the Steward team on key business initiatives and current governance priorities across the global pension community. He is a founding Partner of WhatiF88, a group consisting of experienced Wharton alumni with a focus on social impact, corporate governance, due diligence and advisory services. He has been engaged in financial services for more than 30 years in management positions with leading investment banks and asset managers. He is active in social impact initiatives focused on sustainable economic development in urban communities undergoing transition.

Since 2003 he has been a Managing Director of Klitzberg Associates, Inc. and Klitzberg Fund Solutions, LLC. Previously Steve was Managing Director – Head of Global Market Development at Prudential Financial, Managing Director at Eaton Vance Corp., Vice President at Keystone Investments, Inc., First Vice President at UBS Paine Webber, Inc. and Assistant Vice President at Merrill Lynch & Co. Before business school, he worked as an Associate at Nomura Securities International, Inc. in New York and Tokyo.

Steve studied in Japan at Kansai Gaidai University. He received his B.A. with honors from Brown University and his M.B.A. in international finance from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, where he was a member of the Dean’s Student Advisory Committee.