MANAGING DIRECTOR, community development venture capital alliance


Christopher Reim is the Managing Director of the Community Development Venture Capital Alliance, and is a Managing General Partner of the Innovate NY Fund, L.P. Mr. Reim brings a blend of private sector and public policy thought leadership to innovation and investment for growth, primarily in economic development and access to capital for low income communities. He focuses on advocacy for public-private partnerships for job creation, economic opportunity, and social impact. Within CDVCA, he leads the management of CDVCA’s $45 million Innovate NY Fund to accelerate innovation and entrepreneurship in New York State.

Mr. Reim has managed venture capital investments for a family office venture capital fund in Denver, Colorado (primarily in broadband infrastructure, IT and software applications), and participated in buyouts for a $2 billion private equity fund focused on engineering services and environmental remediation. Mr. Reim previously served as the Interim President of a research firm focused on algae growth systems for water treatment and biofuels. Before his work in venture capital, he managed more than $600 million of technology industry acquisitions at a boutique investment bank. He is an accomplished technology entrepreneur, and has served on various corporate and nonprofit boards.

In addition to his work at CDVCA, Mr. Reim is an Adjunct Associate Professor at Columbia University (on social innovation and investment), a Lecturer on the Practice of Management at Yale University, and an Adjunct Faculty to the National Science Foundation’s Innovation-Corps accelerator program in New York City. Mr. Reim was also elected to public office as a Trustee in the Village of Pelham, NY in April 2014.

Mr. Reim holds an MPA in Economic Policy from Columbia School of International and Public Affairs, an MBA in Finance from University of Colorado, and a BS in Economics from the Pennsylvania State University.