Bradley C. Palmer is Managing Partner of Palm Ventures, an entrepreneurial investment company he founded in 1991 located in Greenwich, CT and London. Palm Ventures’ primary investment focus is on companies which have a positive and transformative impact on society and generate predictable revenue streams. Historically, Palm Ventures’ investments have been in education, health care, human capital management and renewable energy. We principally invest our own family capital, and thus we can take a long-term patient approach to building high quality businesses and educational institutions in partnership with management.
Prior to founding Palm Ventures, Mr. Palmer was a Senior Associate with James D. Wolfensohn, Incorporated where he worked with Paul Volcker and Jim Wolfensohn through late 1990. Prior to working at Wolfensohn, he worked from 1985 through 1988 in the Acquisition Finance Group at Manufacturers Hanover Trust Company, a New York money center bank sold to Chemical Bank in 1991. While completing his undergraduate degree, he started a small multiple-location business he operated for 3 years and sold successfully. He received a B.A. in Finance from Indiana University and an MBA from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania and graduated from Deerfield Academy.
Mr. Palmer currently serves on several non-profit boards including Save the Children (www.savechildren.org), Computers for Youth (www.cfy.org) and Education Development Center (www.edc.org), a $150 million per year educational research and practice-based non-profit with more than 300 educational projects in the U.S. and overseas. In 1980, he interrupted his undergraduate studies for more than a year to work for the International Rescue Committee in Cambodian refugee camps on the Thai-Cambodian border where he recruited and managed 30 American volunteers. In 1981, he also organized 15 volunteers to work in Save the Children’s programs in Somalia. Through his non-profit work, Mr. Palmer has traveled extensively in more than 30 developing countries.