Michael Rand, Co-Founder & Managing Director
Michael is co-founder and Managing Director of WindSail Capital Group. Michael brings to WindSail over 20 years of experience in private equity investing, structured finance and corporate finance. Prior to founding WindSail, Michael spent 11 years as a private equity professional, most recently as a Managing Director of GB Merchant Partners, a division of Gordon Brothers Group. Previously, Michael served as a Principal at Palladin Capital Group, a New York based middle market private equity firm. Prior to joining Palladin, Michael was a member of the Leveraged Finance/Merchant Banking Division of CIBC World Markets.
Michael received a B.S. from Georgetown University and an MBA from New York University's Stern School of Business. He currently sits on the board of Coaching4Change and lives in Wellesley, MA with his wife and three children.
Ian Bowles, Co-Founder & Managing Director
Ian is co-founder and Managing Director of WindSail Capital Group. He brings over 25 years of experience in the energy and environmental sectors. Prior to WindSail, he served as Massachusetts Secretary of Energy and Environmental Affairs, where he oversaw a landmark restructuring of utility and environmental regulation which included making MA a top ranked state in energy efficiency, renewable energy and greenhouse gas emissions reductions. He was also chairman of the MA Water Resources Authority and the founding chairman of the MA Clean Energy Center. Earlier in his career, he served on the National Security Council staff of President Bill Clinton and was a Vice President at Conservation International where he played a key role in creation of the four million acre Central Suriname Nature Reserve.
Ian is a board member at the New England Clean Energy Council, Longroad Energy, RGS Energy and the Museum of Science. He is an advisor to several other leading clean energy companies. Ian received his A.B. from Harvard College and a Masters degree from Oxford University. A native of Woods Hole, MA, he currently lives in Dover with his wife and two children.
Suneer Sood, Senior Associate
Suneer is a Senior Associate who officially joined the WindSail team in the summer of 2017, but previously served as an intern, a Summer Associate, and an Associate. Prior to joining WindSail, Suneer interned at Search Fund Accelerator specifically working with the Arden Bay, LLC team. Previously, Suneer interned at The Jordan, Edmiston Group, Inc, a boutique investment banking firm.
Suneer received a B.S. cum laude from Boston College’s Carroll School of Management. He currently lives in Boston, MA.
MEET THE TEAM
Matthew O'Rourke, Principal
Matt is a Principal who joined the WindSail team in 2015. Matt has over 10 years of broad industry experience as an investor and lender and has directly managed over $450 million in assets. Prior to joining WindSail, Matt was a Vice President, Senior Portfolio Manager and founding team member at Salus Capital Partners, a $1.4-billion credit fund. At Salus, Matt was responsible for underwriting, structuring and managing a diverse portfolio of credit facilities to lower middle market businesses across the U.S. and Canada. Prior to joining Salus Capital, Matt was an Assistant Vice President at People’s United Bank, a $44-billion commercial bank where he sourced, underwrote and managed a portfolio of middle market commercial loans. Matt began his career at People’s United Bank as a credit analyst where he underwent an eighteen-month credit training and rotational program within the bank.
Matt is an active member of the startup community and is also involved in various trade organizations. Matt received a B.S. in Business Administration cum laude from Bryant University. He currently lives in South Boston, MA with his wife and son.
Gregory Zuboff, Vice President
Greg is a Vice President who joined WindSail in 2014. Greg plays a leadership role on new investment sourcing, underwriting and execution. In his time at WindSail, Greg has led or assisted in over twenty investments. Greg’s institutional knowledge makes him an invaluable member of the team who supports the fund's investor relations and operations. Greg is an active member of the cleantech startup community, often acting as a judge or panelist for various industry conferences. Prior to joining WindSail, Greg worked as an analyst for the Bank of New York Mellon. Previously, Greg worked at PHOTON Consulting, a boutique solar energy consulting firm.
Greg received a B.S. summa cum laude from Boston College’s Carroll School of Management. He currently lives in Boston, MA.
Jeff Racy, Associate
Jeff is an Associate who joined the WindSail team in the fall of 2019. Prior to joining WindSail, Jeff worked as an analyst at AGC Partners, a technology focused investment bank. Previously, Jeff worked for State Street and interned at Natixis in their LATAM trading division.
Jeff received a B.A. from Amherst College in Economics and History where he played varsity basketball. He currently lives in Brookline, MA.
Carolina Madrid, Senior Associate
Carolina is a Senior Associate who joined the WindSail team in June 2019. Prior to joining WindSail, Carolina worked as a research associate at Dimensional Fund Advisors and as a wealth management specialist at The Vanguard Group. Previously, Carolina interned at Environmental Working Group, an environmental non-profit.
Carolina received a B.S.E. from Duke University’s Pratt School of Engineering and has passed all three levels of the CFA Program. She currently lives in Boston, MA.
Jane joined the WindSail team in 2018 as an Operating Advisor. She has over a decade of experience in project finance, infrastructure development, and sustainability. Jane is the founder of Mayfair Advisors LLC, a sustainable investment advisory firm, and was previously a Vice President at Encourage Capital, LLC where she was responsible for the firm's sustainable infrastructure investment and advisory business. Jane has also held public sector roles as the Director of Economic Development and an HBS Leadership Fellow at the Trust for Governors Island, and at the U.S. Department of Transportation's Office of Credit Programs. Jane began her career in investment banking at Goldman, Sachs & Co.
Jane is a board member at Phillips Edison & Company. She holds a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Pennsylvania, a Masters in Public Policy from the Harvard Kennedy School, and a Masters in Business Administration from Harvard Business School. She currently lives in New York, NY.
Jane Silfen, Operating Advisor
Ken Poudrier, Finance and Accounting Advisor
Ken currently serves as a Finance and Accounting Advisor to WindSail, supporting the team on fund administration and accounting related issues. Previously, Ken acted as WCG's Chief Financial Officer, overseeing all financial and compliance functions for the firm. Ken has previously held positions of Senior Director at SS&C Technologies, Inc. and Principal/Director of Operations at Gravity Financial, LLC. Prior to this, he held various roles at State Street, Bisys Hedge Fund Services and Beacon Consulting Group. Ken has over 25 years of experience in the financial services industry, with more than 10 years in the alternative investment space. His experience covers all aspects of fund operations and he has provided outsourced CFO, management company and fund administration services to both start-up and established hedge fund, private equity and venture capital funds over the years.
Ken attended Brandeis University where he played varsity baseball and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Economics.
Jessica Hart, Vice President
Jessica is a Vice President who joined the WindSail team in 2018. Jessica oversees all financial, compliance, and administrative functions for the firm. Prior to joining WindSail, Jessica worked at Station Houston, an accelerator for early stage technology companies, where she led day to day operations. Prior to joining Station Houston, Jessica was Director of Business Development and Marketing at Main Street Capital, where she led deal sourcing and marketing efforts for the lower middle market investment group. Prior to joining Main Street Capital, Jessica was Vice President of Finance and Administration for Clarium Capital Management, a San Francisco based hedge fund. Previously, Jessica was a staff accountant at Spencer Capital Management, a New York based hedge fund.
Jessica received a B.S. from the University of Montana and an MBA from the McCombs School of Business at the University of Texas. She currently lives in Boston, MA with her husband and son.
Henry "Hank" Newell,
Hank joined the WindSail team in 2018 as an Operating Partner. He has over 30 years of experience in the pulp, paper and packaging sectors and is the former CEO and COO of Wausau Paper. He has served in multiple general management roles, as the CFO for both public and private companies, and brings significant experience in the operational execution and integration of transactions as well as broad experience in manufacturing and corporate governance. Prior to Wausau Paper he was with the James River, Fort James, Georgia Pacific, Packaging Dynamics and Atlas Holdings.
He is an advisor and director to several of WindSail’s portfolio companies, including Genera Energy and Crate Modular Solutions.
Hank served twenty years as an officer in the U.S. Army and the National Guard. He is a board member for the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation, the Woodson YMCA Foundation, the Wisconsin Policy Forum and the Little Rapids Corporation. He received a BSBA from the University of Florida and an MBA from Wake Forest University. He and his wife live in Mosinee, Wisconsin and have four adult children and two grandchildren.