Richard A. Wayner
Managing Partner, Fort Greene Partners (FGP)
Richard is a former Goldman Sachs M&A banker and CEO of two minority-owned companies. He has spent over fifteen years focused on the opportunities and the nexus of business and diversity in the USA and abroad. First, as one of the original members of Goldman Sachs’ Urban Investment Group (UIG), then as the co-founder of both Alliance TRACE Media (the former holding company for TRACE-TV) and The TRUE Agency. Richard’s passion for diversity and development goes back to Harvard College, where he graduated cum laude with a dual concentration in History and Economics and studied both post-colonial development in Africa and the Caribbean and also the economic history of African-Americans from slavery to civil rights.
Fort Greene Partners (FGP) was founded in Brooklyn across the street from Fort Greene Park. Prior to focusing full-time on FGP, Richard was a Senior Vice President of James Alpha Management, where he was responsible for marketing and client service for public pension and corporate pension plans, as well as select business development projects, including a dedicated effort to invest in Emerging Managers. In 2014, FGP advised TIAA-CREF (over $800 billion in assets) on the market and potential for minority and women-owned firms in asset management.
From 2002 to 2008, Richard founded two minority-owned media and marketing companies: (1) Alliance TRACE Media, a Netherlands-based holding company that funded TRACE-TV in Paris, the first international urban TV network and reached an estimated 50M homes in 130 countries globally and (2) an award- winning advertising boutique, TRUE Agency with offices in New York, Los Angeles and Nashville and clients such as Nissan, Infiniti, AARP and Bank of America. In 2010, TRACE-TV was sold to a European investment group and TRUE is currently involved in media and marketing activities in Africa and Europe, including the launch of www.trueafrica.co in 2015. From 1994 to 2002, Richard was a member of the M&A department of Goldman Sachs & Co. In addition, he was one of the original members of Goldman’s Urban Investment Group focused on investing in urban venture capital and real estate with a specific focus on minority and female entrepreneurs.
Richard is on the Board of Trustees for The Buckley School (New York) and is a former board member of St. George’s School (Newport, RI) and The Brooklyn Museum. Richard has a BA (cum laude) from Harvard University and a MBA from Stanford University. He has also passed the Series 7 and 63 examinations.