Donor Spotlight: Eagle Fund

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The Denver Foundation

The Eagle Fund is a Donor Advised Fund of The Denver Foundation, and its mission is to make tangible and lasting improvements to education in Colorado.

The Eagle Fund was founded in 2002 by eleven friends who attended grade school together in Denver, Colorado. The founding members, who were in their early twenties at the time of the group’s inception, recognized their common appreciation for their own schooling and formed the Eagle Fund as a way to help provide meaningful educational opportunities for others. The Eagle Fund donates both time and capital to the programs it supports and is always seeking new ways to contribute to education in Colorado.

Grants to organizations have included KIPP Colorado, West Denver Preparatory, Summer Scholars, OpenWorld Learning, Minds Matter, and Youth Biz.

For more information about the Eagle Fund, contact Josh Holman at

About the Founding Members

The founding members of the Eagle Fund consist of eleven individuals who have been friends since elementary school. This tight-knit group’s friendships date back as far as kindergarten, continued throughout high school and college, and remain strong today even as the members have gone on to various careers and graduate studies.

Brian Abrams

Mr. Abrams is currently Managing Partner at Row Capital, a transactional advisory firm connecting investors and companies in the US with those in emerging markets such as India. He was previously Founder and CEO of G2 Analytics, an innovative market research firm with operations in the US and India. Brian plays an active role on the boards of a number of other non-profit organizations in addition to The Eagle Fund, including: KIPP Colorado Schools, The Grafton Street Fund, and the Presidential Scholars Association. Brian received his degree from Harvard.

Michel Barkin

Mr. Barkin is a Vice President with KRG Capital Partners, a Denver based private equity firm that invests in middle-market companies. Mr. Barkin previously worked in Boston at Bain Capital, a private equity firm, and at Bain & Company, a strategy consulting firm. He currently serves on the Board of Trustees of West Denver Preparatory Charter School, an Eagle Fund grant recipient in 2008. Mr. Barkin received his bachelor’s degree from Williams College and his MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business.

Jeremy Barron

Mr. Barron has leadership experience in both the non-profit sector as a program director for several foundation-based outreach programs, and in investment banking as a senior financial analyst for a middle market investment bank. He is currently the President and Co-Founder of 3Play Media, a leading transcription, closed-captioning and media search company, where he focuses on sales, marketing and on expanding the business through developing strategic partnerships. Jeremy holds a B.A. from Colby College and a MBA from MIT Sloan.

Jon-Erik Borgen

Mr. Borgen is an associate portfolio manager and analyst with Borgen Investment Group. Borgen received a BA from Middlebury College in 1999 and a Professional Diploma from Berklee College of Music in 2004.

Brewster Boyd

Mr. Boyd is Director of Finance for CleanLaunch, a Denver-based cleantech business incubator. He has prior experience in venture capital, environmental policy, and management consulting in the U.S. and Australia. He has an MBA and an MS in natural resources from the University of Michigan’s Erb Institute for Global Sustainable Enterprise and a bachelor’s degree from Middlebury College.

Dan Hamman

Dr. Hamman is a fellow in orthopedic sports medicine at the Steadman-Hawkins Clinic in Denver. He completed his orthopedic surgery residency at Stanford University after attending the University of Colorado for medical school and college at Colgate University.

Josh Holman

Mr. Holman is a Denver resident who was born and bred in the Denver Community. A graduate of Dartmouth College (2001), Josh has lived and worked with Accenture in Boston, Italy, Korea and Japan. For the past five years, Josh has contributed to the growth of a start-up company called Businessolver out of Des Moines, Iowa. Josh runs the Denver office of Businessolver and focuses his efforts on providing large employers with Electronic Enrollment and consolidated billing technology to cut costs in HR and Healthcare. Josh is the Chairman of the Board of the Emily Griffith Opportunity School focused on teaching all who wish to learn in our community as well as a member of the board for the Dartmouth Alumni in the Rocky Mountains.

Ben Ladd

Mr. Ladd is the Chief Financial Officer of FutureFuel Chemical Company, a chemical and biodiesel manufacturer in Batesville, Arkansas. Mr. Ladd's previous experience includes three years with the asset management firm St. Albans Global Management in both St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands and St. Louis, Missouri, as well as four years with the investment bank Green Manning & Bunch in Denver, Colorado. Mr. Ladd graduated from Cornell University in 1999.

Brian Mankwitz

Mr. Mankwitz is Vice President of Mantucket Capital, a private investment firm with over $1 billion in assets. Prior to joining Mantucket Capital in early 2008, Mr. Mankwitz was an investment banker at St. Charles Capital, a middle market investment bank. Previously, Mr. Mankwitz lead private equity investments for Mankwitz Kurtz Investments, a family office private equity investment firm. Mr. Mankwitz received a Master's in Accounting and Finance from the London School of Economics with honors, and graduated Magna Cum Laude from Vanderbilt University.

Ryan O’Shaughnessy

Mr. O’Shaughnessy is Senior Vice President with Wapiti Energy. He has prior investment banking experience in the energy and power industries with Merrill Lynch, Petrie Parkman, and Deutsche Banc. Ryan has a bachelor’s degree from Princeton University.

Jonathan Right

Mr. Right is a member of the investment team at the Private Equity Group within Goldman Sachs in New York City. He received his degrees in law and business (JD/MBA) from the University of Virginia School of Law and the Darden School of Business, and he is a member of the New York Bar. He earned his Bachelor of Science of Engineering at Princeton University and a certificate from the Woodrow Wilson School of Public Policy and International Affairs.

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