Ryan Brennan is a Managing Director at Advantage Capital. Mr. Brennan leads the firm’s efforts to foster access to capital and economic development in underserved communities. He is a leader on the firm's fundraising team and spearheads initiatives to strengthen and develop internal talent and assets.
Ryan was most recently the Chief Operating Officer of the United States International Development Finance Corporation (DFC), the development finance arm of the U.S. government. While at DFC, he drove the creation and adoption of the Impact Quotient (IQ), an innovative method of measuring and improving impact in projects around the world. Ryan was a member of the DFC Investment Committee and led business development across the Western Hemisphere that facilitated billions in direct investment to Central America’s Northern Triangle. Prior to COO, Ryan led the DFC Office of Investment Policy, implementing environmental, social and governance standards across the $23 billion DFC portfolio.
Ryan serves on the Providence Queen of the Valley Hospital Community Board, the Truman State University Foundation Board of Directors as well as on the Board's Investment Committee. He is also on the Board of the Napa Little League. He is is the former President of the Boys and Girls Club of Napa Valley Board.
Ryan received his MBA from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania and his bachelor’s degree, cum laude, from Truman State University.
Justin Motika is a vice president at Advantage Capital. He serves on the national expansion team and works with investors and policy makers promoting capital formation initiatives. Leading strategic projects, Justin analyzes economic and fiscal impact data and conducts research for new geographic market industries.
Prior to joining the firm, Justin was a lead consultant in GLG’s Private Equity & Venture Capital Practice where he spent his time working on strategic accounts, product development and content navigation.
Justin holds a bachelor’s degree in finance from San Diego State University.
Cynthia Coleman is executive assistant to the president at Advantage Capital. In this role, she maintains overall office operations and procedures and manages many day-to-day functions of the company.
Cynthia has 15 years of experience in executive assistant and management roles. Before joining the firm, she served as the wine club manager at a local Napa winery for several years and the store manager at the GH Bass Outlets in Napa and Folsom, California and the Village of Oak Creek in Arizona.
Rachel Stern is a senior vice president for InState Partners. She works closely with InState’s extensive client roster to develop and implement multi-state legislative strategies covering a variety of issues.
Rachel is a graduate of the CORO™ Fellows Program, an intensive, full-time, graduate-level fellowship in public affairs. She has experience working in multiple sectors of public affairs, including non-profits, public companies and private equity-backed businesses, state government and electoral campaigns.
She received her bachelor’s degree from Amherst College.
Thomas Willsey has broad experience in the capital markets and a deep understanding of the fixed income markets. As treasurer, he is primarily responsible for managing Advantage Capital’s liquidity portfolio and strategic financial planning. He also serves on the firm’s investment committee.
During his 23 years on Wall Street, Thomas focused on all aspects of the fixed income markets. He began his career with Salomon Brothers Inc. and has held positions at Kidder, Peabody and Co.; Paine Webber; and BNP Paribas. Immediately prior to joining Advantage Capital, he worked on the proprietary trading desk at Bank of Montreal Capital Markets.
Thomas received his MBA from Indiana University’s Kelley School of Business and his bachelor’s degree in business administration from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. He has also earned the right to use the Chartered Financial Analyst designation.