Board of Directors
Kevin R. Brine | Chairman of the Board
Kevin R. Brine is managing director of Artemis IV, LLC, Fund for Sustainable Agriculture. Mr. Brine began organic farming in the early 1970’s as the head of the farm department at East Hill Farm, a 400 –acre biodynamic farm. He later studied soil science at the University of Wisconsin, Madison and worked as a soil analyst at the UW Soil and Plant Analysis Lab. In 1978, Mr. Brine joined Sanford C. Bernstein & Co, Inc., Investment Research and Management. Over a twenty-two year career, Mr. Brine served in a variety of capacities, as partner, board member and senior executive in charge of the firm’s private client and global institutional asset management divisions. Mr. Brine served on the Board of Directors of Delphi Financial Group (NYSE-DFG) from 2004 until 2012. Active in New York charitable and non-profit organizations, Mr. Brine has served as trustee of New York University, The Whitney Museum of American Art, The Spence School and The World Monument Fund; in addition, he served as a Public Overseer of the Weill Cornell Medical College.
Mr. Brine holds a M.B.A. from the Stern School of Business (1981) and an M.A. in English from the Graduate School of Arts and Science (2003); currently he teaches a freshman honors course at NYU’s College of Arts and Sciences. Mr. Brine and Mary Poovey, the NYU Samuel Rudin University Professor of Humanities, are co-authors of The Modern Way of Knowing: A History of Financial Modeling in the United States forthcoming from University of Chicago Press.
Ranjeet Bhatia | Board Member
Ranjeet Bhatia is co-founder and managing director at Saffron Hill Ventures. Prior to Saffron Hill Ventures, Ranjeet worked as Advisor to the Chairman of Loot Ltd. where he advised on e-commerce strategy and investment and in a venture capital capacity for Lord Rothschild, evaluating technology venture opportunities. While at Loot he worked closely with business partners and financiers to structure Loot's strategic and financial requirements in preparation for sale. Ranjeet has had a long term interest in environmental technology and policy, and worked in the environment and energy consulting groups at Booz-Allen & Hamilton, and Dyncorp-Meridian, and as an intern in Vice President Al Gore's White House Office on Environmental Policy.
Ranjeet earned an MBA from UCLA's Anderson School of Business, an MA. in International Relations and Economics from the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS), and a BA. in Environmental Science from Occidental College.
Steven Alan | Board Member
Having spent the past 18 years creating a mini fashion world based on his subversive take on classics, it's clear that Steven Alan has quietly emerged an uncommon fashion pioneer. Upon opening his first retail store in 1994, Steven sold pieces from an eclectic group of emerging designers, becoming known for his keen eye. Building on his reputation for scouting the most intriguing young designers, the Steven Alan Showroom opened in 1996. Steven's knack for the modern reinterpretation of classics garnered him an impressive roster of designers on the rise, and the Showroom now represents 20 designers of clothing, handbags and other accessories.
The launch of Steven Alan's first collection in 1999, including his now-signature Reverse Seam Shirt, created a loyal following for Steven's unique brand of casual, smart, self-assured essentials for both men and women. Steven now sells his collections at over ten eponymous stores in the US. The Steven Alan Collection also reaches a global audience, and is now sold in over 300 stores worldwide.