Investing for all.

Rabble develops and manages impact investment opportunities that are good for people and the planet. With extensive diligence, tailor made offering structures, and transaction management through the lifecycle of each investment project, we connect conscious capital with meaningful projects.

Invest in what you believe in. Now you can invest in companies that inspire you.

All projects aim to provide social or environmental impact in addition to financial returns — what we call “complete returns.”

During the project you’ll earn dividend income. When the project closes you’ll “exit” and receive proceeds directly into your account.

Who we are

We are a NYC-based team of passionate people with experience in impact investing, cleantech finance, private equity, sustainability, engineering and investment management. To us, investing is about more than money—it’s about creating a stronger economy, environment, and society.

Leadership

Umber led project finance and strategic initiatives at Spirae, a Colorado-based cleantech firm. There, he created financial models for renewable-based microgrid and smart city projects, and led smart city initiatives in North America and Europe. He has served on the New York REV Market & Technology Design Working Groups and participated in the Maryland Microgrid Resiliency Task Force. Umber is a graduate of The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania where he studied finance, decision systems and game theory.

Ted has over 16 years of combined experience in the financial and tech industries. Prior to joining rabble Ted worked in real estate backed fixed income trading and investment portfolios with Goldman Sachs, Morgan Stanley and HSBC. His previous experiences also include banking regulatory risk capital analysis. Earlier in his career, he built large-scale statistical analysis tools in the tech industry at Agilent Technologies.

Dan is a Professional Engineer and Project Manager with 10 years of experience in land development and building infrastructure systems. Dan leads multi-disciplinary teams to complete complex projects. As Head of Projects for rabble, Dan is responsible for vetting project feasibility and due diligence coordination, as well as monitoring the design and construction phases. Dan is an Associate Principal at WB Engineers + Consultants where he manages the special inspections group, civil engineering services, and MEP projects.

Advisers

Erin joined Rabble with a background in digital marketing and brand strategy at top consumer brands. After graduating Phi Beta Kappa from the University of California, Davis, she joined Google from August 2008 to October 2013, where she managed YouTube and Display marketing strategies for retailers, built and trained a local team in Brazil, and co-launched the BrandLab, a digital marketing think tank for brands at YouTube headquarters. After leaving Google, Ms. Bellsey worked on business development projects for Eataly, an Italian food and wine marketplace and as an MBA Business Development Intern at PayPal. Erin also led brand strategy for top luxury and tech companies at Millward Brown Vermeer, a marketing consultancy firm. Erin holds a Masters in Business Administration from INSEAD in France.
As EDF’s Director, New York Clean Energy, Rory Christian focuses on energy and clean air in the New York region. Rory currently leads EDF’s work scoping smart grid development in New York City and other high-density urban settings, developing opportunities for financing energy projects and the NYC clean heat campaign.
Before joining EDF, Rory was the Director of Energy Finance and Sustainability for the New York City Housing Authority. Prior to his role at NYCHA, Rory worked to develop the Public Sector Business unit of Constellation Energy, where he developed new business products and tailored internal operations to effectively pursue opportunities with federal, state, and local government agencies.
Patricia J. Lancaster, FAIA is the President of The Lancaster Group, a capital program management and consulting firm, and a full Professor in the Masters Program at NYU Schack Institute of Real Estate. She is a New York State Registered Architect with more than 25 years’ experience in public/private real estate partnerships, teaching, and public service for the City of New York. From 2002 to 2008, she was Commissioner of the New York City Department of Buildings. As Buildings Commissioner, Lancaster was responsible for setting local construction standards, enforcing the Building Code and Zoning Resolution for more than 975,000 buildings, and regulating New York City’s $35 billion per year construction industry.
Patricia J. Lancaster, FAIA is the President of The Lancaster Group, a capital program management and consulting firm, and a full Professor in the Masters Program at NYU Schack Institute of Real Estate. She is a New York State Registered Architect with more than 25 years’ experience in public/private real estate partnerships, teaching, and public service for the City of New York. From 2002 to 2008, she was Commissioner of the New York City Department of Buildings. As Buildings Commissioner, Lancaster was responsible for setting local construction standards, enforcing the Building Code and Zoning Resolution for more than 975,000 buildings, and regulating New York City’s $35 billion per year construction industry.
Tom started off his career with a background in Mechanical Engineering, which quickly morphed into an interest in intellectual property law. Shortly after graduating law school he joined a small boutique firm that specialized in all matters related to the tech/VC space. While at the firm Tom worked as an outside general counsel to many tech start-ups in NYC, and also assisted various companies and funds with matters related to venture financings. After fours year in the firm world, which included becoming part of the largest firm in the world, Dentons, Tom left to become general counsel of Gin Lane, which is a design and development agency in Downtown NYC. His day-to-day at Gin Lane is spent on our in house legal matters, along with many different operational and management matters, which includes the formation of Gin Lane’s new venture arm.
I joined rabble because I am intrigued by its unique use of cutting edge fundraising technologies mixed with smart, thoughtful revival/creation of real projects that will affect our everyday lives.
Alex manages Nebari Ventures, early stage venture capital fund based in New York. Alex was a Senior Investment Analyst at top global hedge funds in New York, including Indus Capital (seeded by Soros) and Tyrian Investments (seeded by Julian Robertson). Alex co-Founded Philox, European networking website, in 2006, and was the COO of Precision Macro, premier macro investment research firm seeded by Chris Shumway. Alex received his MBA from Wharton (major in Finance) and BA in Political Science (Honors & Distinction) from Stanford University.
Jason is an adviser and co-founder of rabble. In addition to advising the team on creating financial instruments and investment vehicles for new investments, Jason is also the resident executive chef and sommelier for the firm. He enjoys long philosophical conversations on the future of urban spaces with the CEO and Head of Impact (especially while walking on the beach).
Jason is partner at Capital Solutions, Inc. and is focused on originating and structuring principal investments and creating new partnership; he has expertise in acquiring and financing institutional quality real estate across the medical office and life science, retail, multifamily, and senior living sectors.
Signe Nielsen has been practicing as a landscape architect and urban designer in New York since 1978. Her body of work has renewed the environmental integrity and transformed the quality of spaces for those who live, work and play in the urban realm. Key threads of her work are to create new open spaces within challenged communities and to improve access to recreational resources. A Fellow of the ASLA, she is the recipient of over 100 national and local design awards for public open space projects and is published extensively in national and international publications. Ms. Nielsen believes that advocacy and education are critical avenues to address change in the urban environment and has served on numerous task forces and authored many position papers.

In addition, Ms. Nielsen is a Professor of Urban Design and Landscape Architecture at Pratt Institute in both the Graduate and Undergraduate Schools of Architecture and currently serves as President for the Public Design Commission of the City of New York. Born in Paris, Ms. Nielsen holds degrees in Urban Planning from Smith College; in Landscape Architecture from City College of New York; and in and in Construction Management from Pratt Institute.

Mathew is driven by the opportunity to play a small part in the big changes undergoing how we use, produce and store energy. He is currently the Vice President, Distributed Energy Development at National Grid, where he is responsible for developing and evaluating opportunities to further the deployment of distributed energy assets. Previously, Mathew led originations for KRoad DG, a PE platform focused on monetizing new business models that employ energy storage and other dispatchable DERs.

Mathew first entered the energy industry as a founding member of Yingli Green Energy’s American subsidiary, where he severed on its leadership committee through its rise to world’s largest solar panel manufacture. At Yingli he built and led the sales and operations teams and later spearheaded corporate development efforts. Prior to solar, he led teams within PwC’s Strategy Group in the formulation of growth strategy, facilitation of new market entry and evaluation of strategic acquisitions for leading private equity firms and Fortune 500 clients.

Mathew also worked at Honeywell (NYSE:HON), Praxair (NYSE:PX), and semiconductor equipment manufacturer Heller Industries, focusing on business development and product design. He holds an MBA from Cornell University and a BS in Mechanical Engineering from SUNY Buffalo. Mathew lives in Brooklyn with his wife and two daughters, who consistently remind him that anything is possible.

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What people are saying

  • “Rabble is doing something exciting because it is providing everyday investors with access to new investment opportunities that they otherwise would not have access to, while also ensuring that those projects have a positive impact on the communities that they touch. Its a win for everyone involved.”
    Tom Lemmo, Advisor, Emigrant Bank Executive Office
  • “In the late 1990’s, we covered the ONLY revitalization project happening inside city limits. Now I actually get to participate on my own and empower the next phase of growth.”
    Scott Morgan, Director, The Morgan Group
  • “It is rare to see such a combination of experience, chemistry and innovation as I find in Rabble. I was a very early supporter and will continue to support the rabble rousers going forward.”
    Patricia Lancaster, former Commissioner of NYC’s Dept. of Buildings
  • “One can begin feeling helpless in the midst of feeling hopeful and rabble is creating a platform for me to matter by being not just vocal, but active”
    Lola Albright, Actress + Model
  • “I’m excited by the potential of rabble’s innovative model to allow community members to support projects they value and developers, investors and community members to earn income from and insight into the projects communities want.”
    Mathew Sachs, Vice President Distributed Energy Development, National Grid
  • “For me, the rabble model brings impact investment into the realm of everyday citizen by putting projects with social and financial outcomes onto an accessible, intuitive platform.”
    Michael Francis Craft, Evaluation Officer, United Nations