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Our team includes veterans of some of the most successful asset management companies in the past decade

Easterly is driven by an exceptional leadership core with an average of 20 years of experience

  • Unique experience in business-building, asset management, private equity, public company management, and insurance

  • Proven success in positioning asset management firms for growth by aligning ownership and incentives between investors and management

  • Demonstrated experience creating strong institutional frameworks and infrastructure for firms that require entrepreneurial flexibility for growth

Easterly Partners Team

  • Darrell Crate

    Managing Principal
  • Eric Colandrea

    General Counsel
Darrell Crate
Darrell Crate
Managing Principal

Mr. Crate is a Managing Principal of Easterly, which he founded in 2009. Mr. Crate serves as the Chairman of the Board of Directors of Easterly Government Properties, Inc., a NYSE listed company.

Prior to founding Easterly, Mr. Crate served as the Chief Financial Officer of Affiliated Managers Group, Inc., a publicly traded asset management holding company which grew through acquisition. Mr. Crate currently serves as the Vice Chairman of the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association, a global organization supporting general aviation; as a Trustee of Bates College; and as a member of the Board of Governors of the Westminster Kennel Club.

Mr. Crate earned his B.A. from Bates College and his M.B.A. from Columbia Business School.

Eric Colandrea
Eric Colandrea
General Counsel

Mr. Colandrea is the General Counsel of Easterly, responsible for managing all legal and compliance related matters.

Prior to joining Easterly, Mr. Colandrea was the Deputy General Counsel at Prospect Administration LLC, responsible for investment adviser and corporate matters for Prospect Capital Management L.P. Prior to Prospect Administration, Mr. Colandrea was a Senior Vice President and member of the Convertible Bond and Structured Investments groups at Highbridge Capital Management LLC.

Mr. Colandrea received a B.S. in Finance and Chemistry from Boston College and his J.D. from the New York University School of Law.

  • Michael Collins

    MANAGING DIRECTOR & HEAD OF BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT
  • Ryan Connelly, CFA

    Vice President
  • LunYan Hoysgaard

    Vice President
  • Leah Kimungu

    Associate
Michael Collins
Michael Collins
MANAGING DIRECTOR & HEAD OF BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT

Mr. Collins is a Managing Director and the Head of Business Development at Easterly.

Prior to Easterly, Mr. Collins served as the Head of Distribution for Kennedy Wilson, a global real estate investment company. Mr. Collins was responsible for all sales and marketing activity and sat on the KW Investment Committee. Previously, Mr. Collins was a Principal at Blackstone, where he was part of a multi-asset sales team responsible for marketing its real estate, private equity, private debt, and hedge fund strategies. Mr. Collins also worked for Eaton Vance and began his investment career with Lord, Abbett & Co.

Mr. Collins earned his B.A. and Master’s in Engineering from the University of Buffalo and his M.B.A. from the University of Rochester.

Ryan Connelly, CFA
Ryan Connelly, CFA
Vice President

Mr. Connelly is a Vice President at Easterly, responsible for institutional business development.

Prior to joining Easterly, Mr. Connelly was a Senior Investment Analyst at Mercer, responsible for covering international equity strategies for the Outsourced CIO (OCIO) Portfolio Management team.

Mr. Connelly earned his B.S. in Finance from Fairfield University.  He is a CFA charterholder and is a member of the CFA Institute and the CFA Society Boston.

LunYan Hoysgaard
LunYan Hoysgaard
Vice President

Ms. Hoysgaard is a Vice President at Easterly, responsible for overseeing human resources functions of the firm.

Prior to joining Easterly, Ms. Hoysgaard was part of the Human Resource team at Affiliated Managers Group.

Ms. Hoysgaard attended Tufts University where she received a B.A. in American Studies and a joint M.A. in Urban Environmental Policy & Planning and Child Study & Human Development.

Leah Kimungu
Leah Kimungu
Associate

Ms. Kimungu is an Associate at Easterly, responsible for the finance functions of the firm.

Ms. Kimungu was formerly a Senior Tax Associate at KPMG and has also worked at JP Morgan Chase and State Street Corporation.

Ms. Kimungu received a B.A. in Management from Emmanuel College.

  • Christopher McCool

    Vice President
  • Benjamin Searle

    Chief Information Officer
  • Brian Teixeira

    Vice President
  • Benjamin Tillson

    Vice President
Christopher McCool
Christopher McCool
Vice President

Mr. McCool is a Senior Vice President, Client Portfolio Manager for Easterly.

Prior to Easterly, Mr. McCool served as a Vice President, Advisor Consultant for Neuberger Berman. Mr. McCool was responsible for client relations and business development for Neuberger Berman’s Private Equity, Mutual Fund and Separately Managed Account franchises. Prior to that, Mr. McCool has also worked at Altegris Investments, Eaton Vance and began his investment career at Fidelity Investments.

Mr. McCool graduated with a B.A. in Communications from the University of New Hampshire.

Benjamin Searle
Benjamin Searle
Chief Information Officer

Mr. Searle is Chief Information Officer at Easterly, responsible for information technology integration and implementation for all Easterly team members and office locations.

Prior to joining Easterly, Mr. Searle was the Solutions Engineer at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, where he was responsible for management and oversight of all computer systems support.

Mr. Searle received his B.A. in Sociology and Computer Science from Northeastern University.

Brian Teixeira
Brian Teixeira
Vice President

Mr. Teixeira is a Vice President at Easterly, responsible for sourcing, researching, and underwriting affiliate partnership opportunities.

Prior to joining Easterly, Mr. Teixeira was an Assistant Vice President on the private markets team at Meketa Investment Group, where he led the firm’s secondary and fund of funds practice.

Mr. Teixeira earned his B.A. in Mathematics & Statistics and Economics from Williams College. He is a CFA charterholder and a CAIA charterholder, and is a member of the CFA Institute, the CFA Society Boston, Inc., and the CAIA Boston chapter. Mr. Teixeira is currently a Master of Business Administration candidate in the Executive MBA Program at Yale School of Management, with a focus on Asset Management.

Benjamin Tillson
Benjamin Tillson
Vice President

Mr. Tillson is a Vice President at Easterly, responsible for institutional business development.

Prior to joining Easterly, Mr. Tillson was a member of the consultant relations and institutional distribution teams at The Boston Company and Mellon.

Mr. Tillson received his B.S. in Environmental Studies from Northeastern University.

  • Darrell Crate

    Managing Principal
  • Eric Colandrea

    General Counsel
Darrell Crate
Darrell Crate
Managing Principal

Mr. Crate is a Managing Principal of Easterly, which he founded in 2009. Mr. Crate serves as the Chairman of the Board of Directors of Easterly Government Properties, Inc., a NYSE listed company.

Prior to founding Easterly, Mr. Crate served as the Chief Financial Officer of Affiliated Managers Group, Inc., a publicly traded asset management holding company which grew through acquisition. Mr. Crate currently serves as the Vice Chairman of the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association, a global organization supporting general aviation; as a Trustee of Bates College; and as a member of the Board of Governors of the Westminster Kennel Club.

Mr. Crate earned his B.A. from Bates College and his M.B.A. from Columbia Business School.

Eric Colandrea
Eric Colandrea
General Counsel

Mr. Colandrea is the General Counsel of Easterly, responsible for managing all legal and compliance related matters.

Prior to joining Easterly, Mr. Colandrea was the Deputy General Counsel at Prospect Administration LLC, responsible for investment adviser and corporate matters for Prospect Capital Management L.P. Prior to Prospect Administration, Mr. Colandrea was a Senior Vice President and member of the Convertible Bond and Structured Investments groups at Highbridge Capital Management LLC.

Mr. Colandrea received a B.S. in Finance and Chemistry from Boston College and his J.D. from the New York University School of Law.

  • Michael Collins

    MANAGING DIRECTOR & HEAD OF BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT
  • Ryan Connelly, CFA

    Vice President
  • LunYan Hoysgaard

    Vice President
Michael Collins
Michael Collins
MANAGING DIRECTOR & HEAD OF BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT

Mr. Collins is a Managing Director and the Head of Business Development at Easterly.

Prior to Easterly, Mr. Collins served as the Head of Distribution for Kennedy Wilson, a global real estate investment company. Mr. Collins was responsible for all sales and marketing activity and sat on the KW Investment Committee. Previously, Mr. Collins was a Principal at Blackstone, where he was part of a multi-asset sales team responsible for marketing its real estate, private equity, private debt, and hedge fund strategies. Mr. Collins also worked for Eaton Vance and began his investment career with Lord, Abbett & Co.

Mr. Collins earned his B.A. and Master’s in Engineering from the University of Buffalo and his M.B.A. from the University of Rochester.

Ryan Connelly, CFA
Ryan Connelly, CFA
Vice President

Mr. Connelly is a Vice President at Easterly, responsible for institutional business development.

Prior to joining Easterly, Mr. Connelly was a Senior Investment Analyst at Mercer, responsible for covering international equity strategies for the Outsourced CIO (OCIO) Portfolio Management team.

Mr. Connelly earned his B.S. in Finance from Fairfield University.  He is a CFA charterholder and is a member of the CFA Institute and the CFA Society Boston.

LunYan Hoysgaard
LunYan Hoysgaard
Vice President

Ms. Hoysgaard is a Vice President at Easterly, responsible for overseeing human resources functions of the firm.

Prior to joining Easterly, Ms. Hoysgaard was part of the Human Resource team at Affiliated Managers Group.

Ms. Hoysgaard attended Tufts University where she received a B.A. in American Studies and a joint M.A. in Urban Environmental Policy & Planning and Child Study & Human Development.

  • Leah Kimungu

    Associate
  • Christopher McCool

    Vice President
  • Benjamin Searle

    Chief Information Officer
Leah Kimungu
Leah Kimungu
Associate

Ms. Kimungu is an Associate at Easterly, responsible for the finance functions of the firm.

Ms. Kimungu was formerly a Senior Tax Associate at KPMG and has also worked at JP Morgan Chase and State Street Corporation.

Ms. Kimungu received a B.A. in Management from Emmanuel College.

Christopher McCool
Christopher McCool
Vice President

Mr. McCool is a Senior Vice President, Client Portfolio Manager for Easterly.

Prior to Easterly, Mr. McCool served as a Vice President, Advisor Consultant for Neuberger Berman. Mr. McCool was responsible for client relations and business development for Neuberger Berman’s Private Equity, Mutual Fund and Separately Managed Account franchises. Prior to that, Mr. McCool has also worked at Altegris Investments, Eaton Vance and began his investment career at Fidelity Investments.

Mr. McCool graduated with a B.A. in Communications from the University of New Hampshire.

Benjamin Searle
Benjamin Searle
Chief Information Officer

Mr. Searle is Chief Information Officer at Easterly, responsible for information technology integration and implementation for all Easterly team members and office locations.

Prior to joining Easterly, Mr. Searle was the Solutions Engineer at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, where he was responsible for management and oversight of all computer systems support.

Mr. Searle received his B.A. in Sociology and Computer Science from Northeastern University.

  • Brian Teixeira

    Vice President
  • Benjamin Tillson

    Vice President
  • Darrell Crate

    Managing Principal
  • Darrell Crate
    Darrell

    Mr. Crate is a Managing Principal of Easterly, which he founded in 2009. Mr. Crate serves as the Chairman of the Board of Directors of Easterly Government Properties, Inc., a NYSE listed company.

    Prior to founding Easterly, Mr. Crate served as the Chief Financial Officer of Affiliated Managers Group, Inc., a publicly traded asset management holding company which grew through acquisition. Mr. Crate currently serves as the Vice Chairman of the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association, a global organization supporting general aviation; as a Trustee of Bates College; and as a member of the Board of Governors of the Westminster Kennel Club.

    Mr. Crate earned his B.A. from Bates College and his M.B.A. from Columbia Business School.

  • Eric Colandrea

    General Counsel
  • Eric Colandrea
    Eric

    Mr. Colandrea is the General Counsel of Easterly, responsible for managing all legal and compliance related matters.

    Prior to joining Easterly, Mr. Colandrea was the Deputy General Counsel at Prospect Administration LLC, responsible for investment adviser and corporate matters for Prospect Capital Management L.P. Prior to Prospect Administration, Mr. Colandrea was a Senior Vice President and member of the Convertible Bond and Structured Investments groups at Highbridge Capital Management LLC.

    Mr. Colandrea received a B.S. in Finance and Chemistry from Boston College and his J.D. from the New York University School of Law.

  • Michael Collins

    MANAGING DIRECTOR & HEAD OF BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT
  • Michael Collins
    Michael

    Mr. Collins is a Managing Director and the Head of Business Development at Easterly.

    Prior to Easterly, Mr. Collins served as the Head of Distribution for Kennedy Wilson, a global real estate investment company. Mr. Collins was responsible for all sales and marketing activity and sat on the KW Investment Committee. Previously, Mr. Collins was a Principal at Blackstone, where he was part of a multi-asset sales team responsible for marketing its real estate, private equity, private debt, and hedge fund strategies. Mr. Collins also worked for Eaton Vance and began his investment career with Lord, Abbett & Co.

    Mr. Collins earned his B.A. and Master’s in Engineering from the University of Buffalo and his M.B.A. from the University of Rochester.

  • Ryan Connelly, CFA

    Vice President
  • Ryan Connelly, CFA
    Ryan

    Mr. Connelly is a Vice President at Easterly, responsible for institutional business development.

    Prior to joining Easterly, Mr. Connelly was a Senior Investment Analyst at Mercer, responsible for covering international equity strategies for the Outsourced CIO (OCIO) Portfolio Management team.

    Mr. Connelly earned his B.S. in Finance from Fairfield University.  He is a CFA charterholder and is a member of the CFA Institute and the CFA Society Boston.

  • LunYan Hoysgaard

    Vice President
  • LunYan Hoysgaard
    LunYan

    Ms. Hoysgaard is a Vice President at Easterly, responsible for overseeing human resources functions of the firm.

    Prior to joining Easterly, Ms. Hoysgaard was part of the Human Resource team at Affiliated Managers Group.

    Ms. Hoysgaard attended Tufts University where she received a B.A. in American Studies and a joint M.A. in Urban Environmental Policy & Planning and Child Study & Human Development.

  • Leah Kimungu

    Associate
  • Leah Kimungu
    Leah

    Ms. Kimungu is an Associate at Easterly, responsible for the finance functions of the firm.

    Ms. Kimungu was formerly a Senior Tax Associate at KPMG and has also worked at JP Morgan Chase and State Street Corporation.

    Ms. Kimungu received a B.A. in Management from Emmanuel College.

  • Christopher McCool

    Vice President
  • Christopher McCool
    Christopher

    Mr. McCool is a Senior Vice President, Client Portfolio Manager for Easterly.

    Prior to Easterly, Mr. McCool served as a Vice President, Advisor Consultant for Neuberger Berman. Mr. McCool was responsible for client relations and business development for Neuberger Berman’s Private Equity, Mutual Fund and Separately Managed Account franchises. Prior to that, Mr. McCool has also worked at Altegris Investments, Eaton Vance and began his investment career at Fidelity Investments.

    Mr. McCool graduated with a B.A. in Communications from the University of New Hampshire.

  • Benjamin Searle

    Chief Information Officer
  • Benjamin Searle
    Benjamin

    Mr. Searle is Chief Information Officer at Easterly, responsible for information technology integration and implementation for all Easterly team members and office locations.

    Prior to joining Easterly, Mr. Searle was the Solutions Engineer at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, where he was responsible for management and oversight of all computer systems support.

    Mr. Searle received his B.A. in Sociology and Computer Science from Northeastern University.

  • Brian Teixeira

    Vice President
  • Brian Teixeira
    Brian

    Mr. Teixeira is a Vice President at Easterly, responsible for sourcing, researching, and underwriting affiliate partnership opportunities.

    Prior to joining Easterly, Mr. Teixeira was an Assistant Vice President on the private markets team at Meketa Investment Group, where he led the firm’s secondary and fund of funds practice.

    Mr. Teixeira earned his B.A. in Mathematics & Statistics and Economics from Williams College. He is a CFA charterholder and a CAIA charterholder, and is a member of the CFA Institute, the CFA Society Boston, Inc., and the CAIA Boston chapter. Mr. Teixeira is currently a Master of Business Administration candidate in the Executive MBA Program at Yale School of Management, with a focus on Asset Management.

  • Benjamin Tillson

    Vice President
  • Benjamin Tillson
    Benjamin

    Mr. Tillson is a Vice President at Easterly, responsible for institutional business development.

    Prior to joining Easterly, Mr. Tillson was a member of the consultant relations and institutional distribution teams at The Boston Company and Mellon.

    Mr. Tillson received his B.S. in Environmental Studies from Northeastern University.

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