The real estate development partnership will strategically invest to transform and empower historically underinvested communities in the US.
WHITE PLAINS, N.Y., February 2, 2022 – Rethink Capital Partners, the impact investing platform within Seavest Investment Group, and MCB Real Estate have announced the formation of their partnership to grow the latest extension of Seavest’s impact investing platform, Rethink Community. The partnership officially began in 2021. Rethink Community will focus on large-scale community revitalization opportunities in underinvested communities across the US.
Rethink Community’s investment program is focused on supporting the development of inclusive, healthy, and liveable communities by undertaking large scale, and concentrated projects located in large metropolitan areas. Each Rethink Community investment will focus on delivering four base community building elements: quality and accessible housing, strong opportunities for education, healthcare access and opportunities for economic mobility and commerce. Rethink Community’s investment thesis is that return oriented investing can be the vehicle for long-term sustainable change in our communities when investments are made with the intent to deliver both financial and social outcomes.
The Rethink Community team is continuing to expand its pipeline of additional development opportunities and their investment activities will encompass both land and vertical development in pursuit of Rethink Community’s goals. These developments will be intentional in their delivery of various uses and provide a range of housing opportunities.
Rethink Capital Partners, a wholly owned subsidiary of Seavest Investment Group, has managed dedicated social impact funds for more than 10 years and through it’s affiliated companies, managed real estate funds for more than 20 years. MCB Real Estate has been developing in metropolitan areas since its formation in 2007 and has many notable projects. Both firms have long successful track records in real estate investing, development and asset management across multiple asset classes. The combined skill sets will drive Rethink Community’s goal to deliver an institutional investment program while seeking meaningful and scalable impact working closely with local leadership in the neighborhoods in which it invests.
“MCB has been developing in underserved markets for many years” noted P. David Bramble, Managing Partner and Co-Founder of MCB Real Estate and Co-Managing Parter of Rethink Community. “Our new partnership will allow us to scale our institutional investments into oppurtinites that directly benefit underserved communities. We now have an unprecedented opportunity to move the needle and that is exactly what we plan to do.”
Rethink Capital Partners has more than a decade of experience making socially impactful investments across education & workforce training, food, healthcare and beyond. Michael Walden, Co-Managing Partner of Rethink Community, was an early pioneer in the impact investing space and has been a leader at Rethink Capital Partners for over 10 years. By partnering with MCB, Rethink Capital Partners will be better suited to help build lasting communities and meet Rethink Community’s goals.
“I am excited to have the opportunity to work with David Bramble, who I met years ago through my work at Rethink Capital Partners; he is a longtime friend and colleague in the industry. We have always shared a set of values and a common vision for the type of intentional development that could be done in historically underserved communities. Through our partnership with David and his MCB team, I’m sure Rethink Community is more ready than ever to help make significant impact in the real estate space with our combined capabilities,” said Michael Walden, Co-Managing Partner at Rethink Community. “Our teams will come together to empower local populations and bring housing, healthcare, education and other vital resources to the communities that need them most in this Country.”
About Rethink Community and Rethink Capital Partners
Rethink Community is an impact investment vehicle working with local partners to create the critically needed workforce housing and services for families in underserved communities. Our capital is invested, and our projects are designed with the intention to generate positive, measurable social and environmental impact alongside attractive financial returns. Rethink Community is a strategy within Rethink Capital Partners, the impact investment platform within Seavest Investment Group that oversees and facilitates the development of a suite of impact investment strategies. These focus on financial and social returns including gender equity, education, health, environmental sustainability, economic empowerment and community development. To date, Rethink Capital has launched Rethink Education, Rethink Impact, Rethink Food and Rethink Community. For more information, please visit www.rethink.vc/community.
About Seavest Investment Group An investment-management firm which focuses on industries undergoing transformation to create long-term value for its investors, generate positive human impact and benefit society as a whole. Currently the firm has two investment platforms investing real estate and venture capital. For more information, please visit www.seavestinc.com.
About MCB Real Estate
MCB Real Estate is a privately held, institutionally capitalized commercial real estate investment firm with its headquarters in Baltimore, Maryland. MCB currently owns and operates approximately 10 million sq. ft. of retail, industrial, office and mixed-use assets primarily on behalf of its institutional investment base. The founding partners have over 50 years of combined real estate experience in acquisitions, development, private equity, structured finance, workouts, management, operations, and law. MCB leverages its industry expertise and relationships to achieve strong risk-adjusted returns with a focus on value add/opportunistic and core/core plus transactions.